Alimony usually plays a role as one of the key battlegrounds during divorce proceedings; yet through the aid of a compassionate alimony attorney in Florida, it may be possible to reach alimony agreements on good terms. Alimony, or spousal support, is simply money that one spouse provides to the other during the dissolution of marriage or for a period after the divorce is finalized. It may be paid for a specified period of time or indefinitely, as Florida is one of just a few states that still allows permanent alimony. Payments can be made on a monthly basis or in a lump sum. If the divorce is litigated, terms are set by the courts.
Why is Alimony Necessary?
Some couples may not consider alimony a vital part of their divorce agreement; yet it is an important factor as it allows for one of the parties to maintain the standard of living to which she or he became accustomed during the marriage. Alimony allows a divorcing spouse to maintain the quality of life with which he or she is familiar until he or she can sustain him or herself. This is especially important for mothers who dedicated much of their time to raising children, or stay at home fathers. Alimony provides a stepping stone so that the spouse with the least ability to make ends meet can transition into an independent life.
Spouses who can set their alimony terms without litigation may submit the terms to the court for approval. When negotiations fail, the court will determine the amount of alimony to be paid, and the duration of these payments. It is in the best interests of both spouses to try their best to negotiate alimony or spousal support terms. Alimony is just one issue that may be resolved through collaborative divorce proceedings. By negotiating the terms, both parties tend to walk out with more favorable terms than if the court decides what is best.
If your divorce is litigated, the courts take several factors into consideration when determining how much alimony will be paid, and for how long. These may include:
- Financial resources, including property
- Sources of income
- Earning capacity and employability of each spouse
- The marital standard of living
- The length of the marriage
- The age, physical, and mental conditions of both spouses
- The spouse’s contribution to the marriage
- Whether or not children are involved
- The necessary time the spouse who is to receive alimony needs to train for employment, or go back to school
Whether you expect to pay or receive alimony, you deserve a compassionate and knowledgeable Florida alimony attorney to protect your interests at each step of the divorce process. Attorneys at The Finizio Law Group, P.A. are determined to reach the best outcome for you during this difficult time. We have over 35 years of experience helping families work through their legal issues. Allow our attorneys to help your family by calling 954-645-7700 for a free consultation or contacting us online.