Will There Be Alimony Payments?
You have the right to find out about all your spouse’s income and assets through the use of discovery procedures. Our Pensacola alimony lawyers have decades of experience negotiating and litigating fair alimony agreements for our divorcing clients. Whether you need spousal support or would prefer to minimize your exposure to an award of spousal support, we will aggressively represent your interests.
When Will A Court Grant Alimony?
In Florida, the court may grant alimony to the husband or the wife temporarily or permanently. Florida law provides for alimony in a variety of situations described below:
- Rehabilitative alimony is granted for a specific period of time to enable a spouse to develop skills needed to achieve financial independence.
- Permanent alimony continues until the receiving spouse’s remarriage, the death of either party or if the party receiving alimony is in a supportive relationship.
- The court may also grant a lump-sum payment of money or property and bridge-the-gap alimony for a limited period of time.
- The law has recently changed to include a new form of alimony called durational alimony.
What If My Spouse Accuses Me Of Adultery?
Although adultery does not prohibit an award of alimony, the court may consider the adultery of either spouse, and the circumstances of that adultery, in determining the amount of alimony to be awarded.
How Is The Amount Of Alimony Determined?
In awarding alimony, the court considers all relevant economic factors for each party, such as: prior standard of living, length of the marriage, age, physical and emotional condition, financial resources of each party, the income-producing capacity of the assets they receive and the time necessary to acquire education or training of each party in order to find employment. The court may also consider requests to modify an alimony amount if any of these things change over time.
If one spouse postponed a career or an education, the court will also consider the services rendered in homemaking, child-rearing, and supporting the education and career-building of the other spouse. The responsibilities each party will have with regard to any minor children they have in common, the tax treatment and consequences to both parties of an alimony award, and any other factors come into play so that the court may do justice to both parties.