At Griffin Family Law, PLLC, I understand that divorce can be a challenging and emotional time for my clients. That’s why I offer compassionate and personalized legal services to help guide you through the process. I am well-versed in Florida family law and have a proven track record of successfully representing clients in various family law matters.
In this guide, I focus on one aspect of divorce that can often be complicated and confusing: alimony. Whether you are seeking spousal support or need to understand your obligations, I can help. I will provide you with a clear understanding of the different types of alimony available in Florida and the factors considered when determining the appropriate amount and duration of alimony.
The key to successful representation is clear communication and personalized attention. That’s why I take the time to understand each of my client’s unique situations and goals, and I work closely with them to develop a strategy that meets their needs.
At Griffin Family Law, PLLC, I am committed to helping my clients achieve the best possible outcomes in their family law cases. Contact my office today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you.
What Is Alimony?
Alimony goes by several names, including maintenance and spousal support. It is a payment determined by the court that one spouse must make to the other spouse following a divorce or legal separation. Alimony is awarded to provide financial support to the lower-earning or non-earning spouse to help them maintain a similar standard of living to what they had during the marriage.
Alimony can be awarded in various forms, such as temporary, rehabilitative, permanent, or lump-sum payments, depending on the circumstances of the case.
Types of Alimony Available in Florida
In Florida, alimony is governed by Florida Statutes § 61.08. Florida law recognizes several types of alimony, including:
This short-term alimony is intended to help a spouse transition from marriage to single. It can’t last more than two years and ends automatically if the recipient spouse remarries.
This alimony is awarded to help a spouse become self-supporting by acquiring education, training, or work experience.
This type of alimony is awarded when permanent alimony is not appropriate, and the length of the marriage is unsuitable for bridge-the-gap or rehabilitative alimony. The length of durational alimony cannot exceed the length of the marriage.
This type of alimony is awarded when one spouse cannot support themselves adequately, and the other spouse can pay. Permanent alimony may be modified or terminated if there is a substantial change in circumstances.
This type of alimony may be awarded during the divorce proceedings to help a spouse maintain their standard of living.
What Is Considered When Determining the Type and Duration of Alimony in Florida?
When determining the type and duration of alimony in Florida, the court considers several factors, as outlined in Florida Statutes § 61.08. Some of the primary factors include:
- The length of the marriage: Generally, longer marriages result in higher alimony awards.
- The standard of living during the marriage: The court considers the parties’ lifestyle and standard of living during the marriage.
- The financial resources and earning capacity of each spouse: The court evaluates each spouse’s income, assets, and earning capacity to determine their ability to pay and their need for support.
- The contribution of each spouse to the marriage: The court considers the contributions of each spouse to the marriage, including homemaking, childcare, and supporting the other spouse’s career or education.
- The age and physical and emotional condition of each spouse: The court considers each spouse’s health, age, and mental and emotional condition when determining their ability to earn an income and their need for support.
- Other factors: The court may also consider other relevant factors, such as the tax consequences of an alimony award and any other relevant economic circumstances of the parties.
Based on these factors, the court may award one or more types of alimony, including bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational, permanent, or lump-sum payments. The alimony award’s duration depends on the case’s specific circumstances and can range from a few months to years or even permanently.
Contact My Law Firm for Help with Your Florida Divorce
If you are going through a divorce in Florida and need help with alimony, property division, child custody, or any other family law matter, my law firm is here to help. I have decades of experience and can provide you with the guidance, support, and representation you need to navigate this challenging time.
I understand that every case is unique, and I am committed to working closely with my clients to develop personalized strategies that meet their needs and goals. I have the knowledge, skills, and resources to handle even the most complex family law cases successfully.
If you are considering a divorce or need help with an ongoing family law matter, please don’t hesitate to contact my office today. I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and determine how I can best assist you.