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Alimony / Spousal Support

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Florida law allows for alimony when the circumstances are appropriate. There are basically four types: permanent periodic alimony, rehabilitative alimony, transitional alimony, and lump sum alimony. If you have questions about your divorce and alimony situation, please contact one of our Tampa alimony lawyers at Givens Givens Sparks.

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Factors in Alimony Cases

There are a number of factors for alimony recited in the statute (Florida Statute section 61.08):

  • The standard of living established during the marriage
  • The duration of the marriage
  • The age and the physical and emotional condition of each party
  • The financial resources of each party, the non-marital and the marital assets, and liabilities distributed to each
  • When applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable such party 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
  • All sources of income available to either party

Permanent Periodic Alimony

If, at the end of a marriage, one spouse is unable to maintain the standard of living experienced during the marriage, the court can require the other spouse to pay that spouse a monthly amount so that the requesting spouse can better meet that standard of living. Permanent periodic alimony is typically reserved for long-term marriages. The payments are tax deductible to the paying spouse and taxable to the receiving spouse for federal income taxation purposes and end upon the death of either party or the remarriage of the receiving spouse. A fairly recent statute even allows for modification or termination of alimony if the receiving spouse is in a "supportive relationship" with another person.

Rehabilitative Alimony

In a situation where the supported spouse can take steps to improve his or her income, the court may award rehabilitative alimony until the steps have been successful. An example would be the situation where a nurse has let a license lapse while staying home during the marriage. The nurse may need financial assistance from the other spouse for six months of living and educational expenses while the nurse attends school to requalify for a nursing license and find a job.

Bridge-the-Gap Alimony

Sometimes a spouse does not qualify for permanent periodic or rehabilitative alimony, but simply needs a one-time payment of money to make the transition from married life to single life. This may be accomplished by an award of bridge-the-gap alimony to allow the spouse sufficient funds to hire a moving van or make a down payment on a new dwelling.

Lump Sum Alimony

Sometimes division of property is described as "lump sum alimony" when it is not really alimony at all, but merely part of the equitable distribution of assets and debts. Other times, the phrase is used to describe a one-time payment of what would otherwise be considered permanent periodic alimony.

For a more detailed discourse, please see the chapter on Alimony written by partner Stann W. Givens and principal Christian M. Givens of Givens Givens Sparks for the Dissolution of Marriage manual made available by the Florida Bar to its members. The information provided is general in nature and may not apply to your situation. Do not act upon it without first consulting an attorney.

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Case Results

  • Family Law Case - Child Custody

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which a child was nearly removed from her mother’s custody and given to the child’s alleged father, although the father had not yet established paternity. Candela filed a written response on behalf of her client (the mother) alleging fraud by the father and had the pick-up order set aside before custody was transferred to the father. The practical result was to allow the mother and child stay in their home state (not Florida) pending the resolution of the case. The Court agreed and granted Candela’s client custody.

  • Family Law Case - Child Custody

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client filed a Petition to Establish Paternity, and the mother was served. After being served, the mother fled the state with the child. Candela filed an Emergency Motion for the immediate return of the child, and at that hearing, which was granted on an emergency basis, the mother was forced to turn the child over to the father, giving the father sole custody of the child pending the ultimate resolution of the case.

  • Family Law Case - Relocation

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client (the father) accused his child’s mother of relocating the child out of state without the consent of the child’s father. Candela was able to obtain a court order to return the child to the state of Florida and to remain in her client’s care while establishing permanent custody and timesharing plans. After Candela’s successful litigation of the case, the Court ruled that the mother’s Petition for Relocation was denied, and that the child shall live primarily with Candela’s client in Florida, with summer and school break schedules allotted to the mother.

  • Family Law Case - Timesharing Violation

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which her client was accused of violating a timesharing schedule agreed upon by both parental parties at the time the couple was divorced. The client’s child’s mother claimed that Candela’s client did not return the child for holiday timesharing at both Christmas and Easter. Candela had sent formal correspondence to the child’s mother regarding the dispute over the interpretation of the timesharing schedule, and when she did not agree, the father kept the child. The Court agreed with Candela’s interpretation of the timesharing schedule and found that her client was not in contempt for either holiday.

  • Family Law Case - Unilateral Medical-Related Decisions

    Givens Givens Sparks trial attorney, Kelly Candela, successfully litigated a family law case in which she filed a Motion for Contempt on behalf of her client against the mother of his child for making unilateral medical-related decisions for the minor child without his knowledge. The Court agreed that the mother was in violation of the final judgment of their dissolution of marriage and held her in indirect civil contempt. The Court also ordered that the treatment in question cease immediately and that the mother be solely responsible for any and all costs related to that treatment. Furthermore, the Court ordered that the mother was not to make any unilateral decisions in the future and was to notify the father of any future appointments so that he could be present either over the phone or in person.

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