Settling Alimony Matters
Divorce Attorney in Coconut Creek
A divorce can wreak havoc on your life in a number of ways, whether or
not you were the one who initiated the divorce process. Even if you and
your spouse agreed that it was better off for you to split up, a divorce
can affect your finances, your children's lives, and more. In some
circumstances, if you were dependent on your spouse during the marriage,
you may suffer financially unless you're awarded alimony (also known
as spousal support).
It is highly advisable that you have a Coconut Creek divorce lawyer to
represent you and protect your rights and best interest throughout the
divorce proceedings. At The Law Offices of Jonny Kousa, P.L., we work
to help you ensure that you receive, or pay, a fair amount of alimony.
How is Alimony Decided in Florida?
If you believe that you should be paid spousal support from your spouse
after the divorce, you will need to show the court that you are in need
of these payments and that your spouse is able to make them. If your case
goes to trial, the judge will decide the fate of your alimony claim. However,
you can rely on our firm to do whatever is necessary to gather evidence
and present a a very strong case on your behalf.
There are several factors a judge may consider when making a decision about
alimony, such as:
- The duration of your marriage
- The contributions of each spouse to the marriage
- The income and earning capacity of each spouse
- The lifestyle each spouse is used to
- Any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the parties
Types of Alimony in Florida
Temporary Alimony: This type of alimony may be awarded after filing the petition for dissolution
of marriage and before finalization of the final judgment.
Bridge-The-Gap Alimony: This type of alimony is awarded to help a struggling spouse make a transition
from being married to being single and to assist said spouse with short-term
needs. An award of Bridge-The-Gap Alimony may not exceed 2 years and will
terminate upon the death of either party or upon the remarriage of the
party receiving alimony.
Rehabilitative Alimony: This type of alimony may be awarded to a lesser-earning spouse for a period
of time necessary to redevelop previous skills or credentials, and to
acquire education, training, or work experience necessary for today’s
job market. An order awarding Rehabilitative Alimony must include a defined
Permanent Alimony: This type of alimony may be awarded to the lesser-earning spouse until
the death of the payor, or the death or remarriage of the recipient. It
may be awarded when the couple has been married for at least 17 years
and there is a substantial difference in incomes.
Durational Alimony: This type of alimony may be awarded following a marriage of short or moderate
duration. It is similar to Rehabilitative Alimony except that an award
of Durational Alimony does not require a “rehabilitative plan.”
Lump Sum Alimony: This type of alimony may be awarded when recurring monthly payments are
impractical. An award of Lump Sum Alimony can be in the form of property
or money judgment.
Contact us today to find out more about how we can help.