Focusing on Fair and Reasonable Alimony

Alimony, also called spousal support, is one of the complex issues you may deal with in your divorce. Whether you will be paying or receiving alimony, it must be both fair and reasonable to keep you and your spouse from continued litigation.

Awarding Alimony in Florida

Per Florida law, there are specific factors that determine whether or not alimony (spousal support) is awarded. Our experienced attorneys will work closely with you to obtain a fair & reasonable alimony amount, whether you will be paying or receiving.

Calculating Alimony

There is no specific formula to calculate alimony in Florida and the amount may be determined by agreement or by the court. Florida Statute 61.08 sets forth the factors used for alimony analysis, taking into consideration the lifestyle during the marriage, the duration of the marriage and the need for, as well as the ability to pay.

Types of Alimony

Alimony (spousal support) may be bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational, lump sum permanent or any combination of these.

Bridge-the-gap alimony may be awarded to assist in the transition from being married to being single for up to 2 years. Rehabilitative alimony may be awarded to assist in redeveloping previous skills or credentials or acquisition of education, training and work experience to become self-supporting. Durational alimony may be awarded when permanent alimony is not appropriate, but a period of support is needed for a set amount of time, durational alimony may be appropriate in short or moderate duration or following a marriage of long duration if there is no ongoing need for support on a permanent basis. Permanent alimony may be awarded following a marriage of long duration to provide for one’s needs as they were established during the marriage of the parties for a party who lacks the financial ability to meet his/her needs and necessities of life following a dissolution of marriage.

Experience Really Matters

Alimony (spousal support) is a crucial and often contested aspect of any divorce. Indeed, there is no clear “black and white” formula for calculating alimony amounts in Florida. As a result, it is essential that you hire an experienced divorce attorney. At the Figueroa Law Group, P.A., we will work closely with you to identify your alimony need or exposure. We will persuasively and powerfully advocate for you at the negotiating table or in the courtroom. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that your standard of living is respected, and that you do not wind up back in court in the future to fix a flawed alimony agreement or order.

Alimony calculations can be complex and involve tax consequences. If you think your divorce involves alimony, find out how we can advocate on your behalf for an amount that is both fair and reasonable.

Call us today at (321) 259-3100 to find out how we can help you with your child support payments, parenting plan, alimony, or other aspects related to your divorce settlement or judgment. Our experienced and caring attorneys are here to make the process clear and straightforward, so that you can continue building your new life beyond divorce.