Hire an Alimony Attorney to Ensure You are Treated Fairly
Alimony is a legal term that refers to the obligation of one individual to provide financial support to their spouse after a separation or divorce. The goal of an alimony payment is to reduce the economic effects of divorce on a spouse who has no income or who earns lower wages. This amount is separate from child support payments.
At Saunders Law Group in Lakeland and Bartow, FL, an alimony attorney from our team can work to protect your best interests while determining alimony payments during a divorce. We can also assist if your spouse refuses to pay spousal support. Our board-certified attorneys, Thomas C. Saunders and K.C. Bouchillon, have more than 60 years of combined experience in the legal field. For more information about how we can help you with alimony and other issues related to divorce, contact our firm online or call us at (863) 533-6200 to speak to a member of our team today.
What Is Alimony?
The purpose of alimony is to assist a individual who does not, or cannot, earn as much as their spouse. In some cases, one spouse chooses to forego a career or pass up on a certain educational or professional opportunity to support the family. When the time comes for a divorce, they do not have the skills or earning power to support themselves. The intention of alimony is to provide the same standard of living experienced during the marriage.
Determining Alimony Amounts
According to the 2017 Florida statutes, the court takes a variety of factors into account when determining how much alimony to award, including:
- The length of the marriage
- The age of each party
- The emotional and physical condition of each party
- The standard of living during the marriage
- The earning capacity and employability of the parties
- The contribution of each party during the marriage, including activities related to childcare and household maintenance.
In most cases, the court will also consider how long it would take a spouse to receive the education or training necessary to become self-sufficient.
Having an advocate who can work in your best interest is always a good choice during a divorce or other family law proceeding.
Duration of Alimony Payments
There are several ways a judge can award alimony in Florida. The court can grant alimony as a “bridge-the-gap” measure to help a spouse recover their earning power immediately after the divorce. In some cases, alimony is rehabilitative and is awarded for the amount of time necessary for a spouse to complete the education or training necessary to become self-sufficient. The court can also award durational alimony, for a set length of time, or permanent alimony. Certain life events can also terminate alimony, such as:
- Children reaching an age where they no longer need a full-time parent at home
However, in some cases, the judge may require that payments continue after the death of the spouse who is paying alimony. At that point, the amount will continue to come out of the deceased party's estate or life insurance.
Why Hire an Attorney?
Having an advocate who can work in your best interest is always a good choice during a divorce or other family law proceeding. If you are the lower earning spouse, you need an attorney who understands how to ensure you receive the necessary level of compensation. If you are the higher earning spouse, you need someone who can speak on your behalf so the judge does not award more than you can comfortably pay. Whatever your position, the team at Saunders Law Group can defend you in court or assist you during a collaborative divorce.
Advocating for You
The attorneys at Saunders Law Group have an advanced understanding of family law. We will work tirelessly to protect the best interests of you and your family. If you are involved in a divorce and need assistance with alimony, contact our team online or call (863) 533-6200 today.
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