Emerald Coast Divorce Lawyers
Will You Be Required to Pay Alimony?
Alimony, also commonly known as spousal support or spousal maintenance,
is a financial payment a judge orders one spouse to pay to another to
help them mantain financial stability and their standard of living either
during or after the completion of a
divorce. In most instances, it’s to help one spouse who cannot support themselves
or their quality of life with their current income and working ability,
but can be issued for many other reasons too.
Alimony is frequently a hotly-contested topic in a divorce case, and being
unprepared can result in an undesirable outcome for your future. Whether
you are looking to receive alimony payments or prevent your burden of
paying them from becoming too large, call Chesser & Barr, P.A. for
legal assistance. Our Emerald Coast divorce attorneys understand the importance
of a divorce agreement that is fair to both spouses but allows you to
maintain your quality of life to the best of your ability. These issues
can be complex, and we take great pride in helping all of our clients
secure a happy and fair future through high-quality legal representation.
If you have any questions regarding alimony matters, call Chesser &
Barr, P.A. at (850) 610-7471 to
schedule your consultation.
Types of Alimony
There are five types of alimony a judge can award in Florida, each with
a different purpose. Judges are not restricted to awarding just one of
these types, but instead can award as many as they see fit based on each
unique case’s circumstances.
The five types of alimony are:
Temporary: Also known as “pendent lite,” temporary alimony is awarded
while a divorce is pending in order to help one spouse who requires assistance
meet their needs during the process. It ends when the divorce becomes
Bridge-the-Gap: This is similar to temporary alimony, only it begins when the divorce
finalizes. These awards usually have a maximum duration of two years and
are intended to help the receiving spouse meet legitimate needs while
awaiting something like a house to sell or the completion of additional
education or training to improve employment prospects.
Rehabilitative: These payments are for the sole purpose of helping a divorced spouse receive
the education or training they need to obtain necessary employment. This
is a temporary order and may only be awarded when a requesting spouse
submits a plan outlining the amount of time and money necessary.
Durational: If the court feels as though other types of alimony are insufficient to
meet a divorced spouse’s needs, the court can opt to award them
durational alimony for up to the maximum term of the length of the marriage.
Permanent: If a divorced spouse’s economic need is unlikely to change (due
to age, health, and a number of other factors), then the court could choose
to award them permanent alimony. This is only awarded to spouses who lack
the ability to become self-supporting at the standard that was as close
as possible to their marital standard.
Have any further questions about alimony? Do you know if you qualify to
receive or pay? Get the answers to all of these questions and more by
speaking to an attorney from our firm as soon as possible.
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