Tampa Alimony Attorney
Helping Couples in Florida Establish Fair Spousal Support
Alimony can be one of the most contentious issues between a divorcing couple, besides child support/custody. During a marriage, both parties become accustomed to a certain lifestyle, regardless of which spouse has the higher income. When the marriage ends, it is not unreasonable for either party to attempt to hold onto the life to which they are accustomed.
When your financial freedom is on the line during a divorce, you need a lawyer you can trust to fight for you. Givens Law Group is a family-owned and operated divorce firm in Tampa. Founding Attorney, Stan Givens, is a Certified Family Law Expert with the Florida Bar who has decades of experience representing clients throughout Southern Florida. Both he and the firm have been highly rated by Best Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell.
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What is Alimony?
Alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance, is a legal obligation to financially support one’s former spouse after separation or divorce. Alimony ensures that both spouses can maintain their standard of living after the dissolution of their marriage and it is often awarded in order to lessen any financial difficulty that may be caused by the separation. The goal of alimony is to give both former spouses an equitable financial arrangement and prevent either one from being left with disproportionate resources.
In some cases, alimony payments are not required, and in other cases, a court may order one party to pay alimony while also ordering other types of support, such as child support or property division. If a court decides that alimony is appropriate, it will then determine its amount and duration based on the facts and circumstances of each case.
The rules surrounding alimony can be complex, so if you have questions about spousal support in Louisiana, it is important that you speak with an experienced Tampa alimony attorney who can explain your rights and obligations under state law.
How is Alimony Determined in Florida?
Spousal support is not awarded in every divorce. The court looks at the needs of both parties and whether or not one spouse has the financial ability to meet the needs of the other. Alimony is usually only awarded for a temporary period of time while the payee finds new housing, goes back to school, or looks for new employment.
A divorce judge will generally consider the following factors when determining alimony:
- The financial resources of each party, non-marital and marital assets, and liabilities distributed to each.
- The time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to find appropriate employment.
- The contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party.
- The age and the physical and emotional condition of each party.
Length of Marriage
The length of your marriage can include or exclude you from obtaining certain types of alimony. Traditionally, the longer you have been married, the more alimony you are entitled too, but this is not the case in every divorce.
Divorcing couples will fit into one of the following categories:
- Short-term marriage: lasting less than 10 years
- Moderate-term marriage: lasting more than 10 years, but fewer than 20
- Long-term marriage – lasting more than 20 years
Our Tampa alimony attorneys can give you a better understanding of your right to alimony during a case consultation.
Different Types of Alimony in Florida
Florida law allows for alimony when the circumstances are appropriate. There are basically four types: bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational, or permanent alimony.
- Bridge-the-Gap Alimony: a one time lump payment designed to help the spouse transition to single life, helping cover expenses like a moving van or the down payment on a new dwelling.
Rehabilitative Alimony: temporary alimony payments to help a spouse take the necessary steps to improve his or her income, such as recertifying an expire license or completing a degree.
Durational Alimony: a set amount to be paid out over a predetermined length of time that is not allowed to exceed the length of the marriage. This type of alimony is better suited for short to mid-length marriages.
If you have questions about your divorce and alimony situation, please contact one of our Tampa alimony lawyers at Givens Law Group.
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