Proven Results in Alimony
and Spousal Support Cases

One of the most contentious areas of finalizing a divorce is alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance. The court awards alimony in some instances after analyzing various economic and social factors of both parties. If you are ending your marriage, it is prudent to seek experienced legal counsel to ensure that your rights are protected. Boudreau Law Firm understands the impact of divorce and provides solid legal advocacy for our clients. We guide spouses through the delicate issues of divorce, including alimony. Our goal is to collaboratively work with our clients by simplifying complex matters and focusing on solutions.

How Alimony is Determined

Under Florida law, there are multiple factors that a judge considers when assessing the need for alimony and determining the amount to be awarded. Examples are the couple’s standard of living during the marriage, their assets and debts, the length of the marriage, the ages and health of both parties, and each party’s earning capacity. The court can modify alimony post-judgment when there is an unforeseen and substantial change in either party’s circumstances. For all alimony types, payment is terminated when a spouse dies, or the recipient spouse remarries or cohabitates with another.
Florida law provides for Five Types of Alimony, depending on the needs of the Lower-Income Spouse, including:
  • Temporary alimony is for short-term financial support until the divorce is finalized. At a final hearing, an alternate form of alimony will be ordered or a denial will be determined depending on each party’s financial resources.
  • Bridge-the-gap alimony is the support that allows a lower-income spouse to transition from married to single life and is not to exceed two years.
  • Rehabilitative alimony is the most common type of spousal support. It allows a spouse to increase future earning capacity by redeveloping previous skills or credentials or obtaining education or training. The spouse must submit a detailed plan to the court for their approval.
  • Durational alimony is very much like rehabilitative alimony. It provides for economic assistance, with a time limit placed on the duration of payments. This type of alimony cannot last longer than the length of the marriage. It does not require a detailed plan for the court’s approval.
  • Permanent alimony is uncommon but it is ordered for a spouse that is not expected to be financially independent to meet the needs and necessities of life. It may be that the spouse is aged, disabled, or caring for a disabled child with special needs.

Boudreau Law Firm provides Resolution-Oriented Guidance

Spouses that have been served with papers for dissolution of marriage and those seeking to initiate a divorce should contact an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible. If you are the recipient or payor of alimony and wish to request a modification based on a substantial change in circumstance, we can help. If your alimony payments are in arrears and you have received notice for contempt and enforcement actions, our law firm can assist with dispute resolution.

Attorneys Gayle Boudreau and Robert A. Sandow, Attorney of Counsel, have a collective family law experience of more than four decades. We can address your legal issues to secure your future financially. Our office is located in Lake City. We represent clients throughout the Third Judicial Circuit Court, which encompasses seven counties in Florida. Contact us to schedule a confidential consultation at 386-961-8001.