Tampa, Florida

Permanent Alimony

Tampa Permanent Alimony Lawyer

Spousal Support Attorney Serving Tampa

Permanent alimony, or permanent periodic alimony, is generally defined as that financial support given from one spouse to another to maintain the standard of living set forth when the marriage was intact. Many parties face the issue of alimony as part of their divorce. Florida divorce law can be very confusing, especially when it comes to the area of alimony. Generally, either the ex-husband or the ex-wife can be eligible to receive alimony. There are several different types of alimony that a spouse may receive or be required to pay.

Permanent alimony, unlike other types of alimony, can continue indefinitely and may remain intact until the receiving spouse remarries, dies, or enters into a supportive relationship. For a spouse to be eligible for permanent alimony, usually the marriage has to have been long-term. Although Florida case law varies when defining a long term marriage many cases support that a permanent alimony award is proper for marriages that have lasted at least 14 years.

Because of the importance alimony can play in a divorce and the impact it has on both parties, it can often be a very litigious area. If the parties can both agree, however, to a spouse's respective need for alimony and the other spouse's ability to pay, they may be able to avoid costly litigation by working together. In the event the parties are able to take a collaborative approach to resolving their alimony issues and agree on the terms and conditions of the alimony payment then they may be eligible for a collaborative option.

What the Court Considers for Permanent Alimony

There are several different factors that the Florida family courts will look into when the issue of alimony is being settled. Some of the following are important aspects of your marriage that the courts will want to take into account:

  • Duration of the marriage
  • Non-marital and marital assets and liabilities distributed to both spouses
  • Sources of income available to each spouse
  • Standard of living established during the relationship
  • Age, physical condition and emotional condition of each spouse
  • Contribution to the marriage (including child-rearing, homemaking, education, career building, etc.)

Permanent alimony can be awarded when one spouse cannot maintain the standard of living set forth during the marriage. The spouse with more financial stability will be required to pay the other a set monthly amount.

These alimony payments are tax-deductible to the paying spouse and are taxable income to the receiving spouse. If you have questions about spousal support and what to expect from your divorce, you can speak with a qualified Tampa permanent alimony attorney at Givens Givens Sparks. We are extremely familiar with all types of alimony, and we will be able to speak with you about your circumstances to give you an idea of what you can expect from your divorce.

Divorce Lawyers Who Put Your Needs First

At the Givens Givens Sparks, we have handled thousands of divorces and, in many of which, alimony has played a major role. We use our more than 100 years of combined legal experience to draft the terms and conditions of the martial settlement agreement and ensure that your alimony agreement with your spouse is properly memorialized.

Contact a Tampa permanent alimony attorney at our office to learn your rights!

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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  • "Rob, Thank you for your assistance and guidance throughout my divorce process. I will certainly recommend you to others seeking legal support."

  • "I appreciate you both always taking the time to answer all of my questions"

  • "Your joint efforts and hard work have finally brought a son and father together."

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  • "Rob, I wanted to say THANK YOU for all of the time, effort and hard work you put into my case! Without your assistance, Madison would not be here with us in South Florida."

  • "Your guidance and wisdom has truly guided me through this difficult process that I can now put behind me. "

  • "His research, preparation and professionalism is noteworthy in every aspect. You have a brilliant attorney on your team."

  • Paula, thank you so much! You have been a true pleasure to work with through this difficult process. I really appreciate it.

  • "Rob, Thanks again for all of your help through this process. You and Paula have both been great."

  • "Ellen, this comes with sincere gratitude for a job well done. You have restored my faith in your profession. Thank you for always acting in my best interest."

  • "Ellen, I could not have been more fortunate in my legal representation!"

  • "I am very happy that I selected your firm and would not hesitate to give my highest recommendation."

  • "Rob, I wanted to say thank you for all your efforts in getting this agreement settled."

  • You have been wonderfully amazing. Thank you for everything. So grateful.

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At Givens Givens Sparks, your family is our family. As such, we promise to fight for each client and voraciously protect their best interests. Facing a family law issue? Get in touch with us to learn how we can help!

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