Getting Alimony in a Florida Divorce
Alimony issues in divorce cases can be tough. It’s not hard to tell whether either spouse will need (or have the ability to pay) the other any alimony at all. There are different kinds of alimony to consider, discuss and possibly litigate. Finally, there are different factors that a court must consider when ruling on alimony disputes, together with “any other factor necessary to do justice and equity between the parties.”
Whether you hope to receive or expect to pay alimony/spousal support in your divorce, you should get a solid understanding of your rights and the legal considerations that will shed light on the spousal support issues that your divorce will present. To discuss your situation with a seasoned Boca Raton alimony lawyer, contact Brodie & Friedman, P.A.
Developing a Sound Strategy
We concentrate on divorce and family law, so you can count on us to give you a good idea of what to expect if one spouse is going to need support from the other. We have earned a reputation as effective divorce trial lawyers and you can always depend on us for a well-constructed strategy to meet your objectives whether you stand to receive or pay alimony.
Types Of Florida Alimony
Spousal support/alimony can be ordered on a permanent basis, as a lump sum or finite number of installments, and at various intermediate or minimal amounts, depending on the specifics of your case. For example, a financially dependent spouse who can become self-sufficient through vocational training or completion of a degree might receive rehabilitative alimony to cover living expenses and tuition for a limited period of time.
Other types of alimony that may be awarded in your Florida divorce case include:
Bridge-the-gap alimony: The purpose of bridge-the-gap alimony is to help a financially dependent spouse transition from married life to single life, without serious financial impact. It provides a short time (less than two years) for the individual to become self-supporting after the divorce.
Durational alimony: Many courts are moving away from awarding permanent or longer duration financial support, particularly for divorce cases involving short- or medium-length marriage unless there are special or exceptional circumstances. However, durational alimony may be available in certain situations.
In certain long-term marriages, permanent alimony may be considered. The purpose of permanent alimony is to help a dependant spouse, who could not otherwise be self-supporting, maintain the status of living established during the marriage.
Resolving Alimony Disputes in Negotiation, Mediation or Trial
The need, duration and amount of alimony can also be sensitive to the specifics of the property settlement. We can let you know whether concessions on property issues in exchange for better spousal support — or vice versa — might make sense in your situation.
Generally speaking, the broad discretion of the court in determining alimony issues indicates the wisdom of resolving these questions through negotiation whenever possible. That way, you retain control of the process and don’t have to worry about the court’s consideration of “any other factor” to your disadvantage. At the same time, if a reasonable resolution can’t be reached, we will aggressively litigate your position in a contested hearing or trial.
Our willingness to go to the mat for our clients is based on our ability to develop a sound litigation strategy based on your circumstances and your goals.