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.
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:
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.