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Alimony Lawyer in Port St. Lucie
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If you are entering into a divorce, it is highly important that you get an experienced Port St. Lucie alimony attorney on your side who can help represent your best interests. Because the courts maintain that alimony – also known as spousal support – is not mandatory, you will need to retain a professional lawyer who can help create a mutually beneficial spousal support agreement for your family.
Whether you are on the paying or receiving end of alimony, you must recognize that spousal support will become a crucial monthly financial obligation. Our family lawyers can help make certain that both recipient and payer are protected so that an unfair spousal support arrangement does not jeopardize the financial stability of either party.
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How is alimony determined in Florida?
In the state of Florida, there are six different types of alimony that are awarded based on several different pre-determined factors. Because alimony will not be a guaranteed court order following a divorce, you will need to work closely with a Port St. Lucie spousal support attorney who can help you establish your need to receive alimony, or your right to pay a fair spousal support amount.
When determining the need and the amount for spousal support, the Florida courts may examine the following factors:
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The duration of the marriage
- The mental and physical health of each party
- The financial resources at hand
- The earning capacities of each party
- The contribution that each party made to the marriage
Six Different Types of Florida Alimony
Depending on the above listed factors and other extenuating circumstances deemed relevant by the courts, there are six different types of alimony that may be awarded. Depending on your unique family situation, your legal professional should advise you on how to best move forward in a way that can benefit you financially as well as protect you for the long-term.
These include the following:
- Permanent Alimony: This is awarded typically in long-term marriages (over 17 years in duration) where one spouse has not worked for the duration of the marriage. In these cases, one spouse has a lower earning capacity or lower income and without the financial help will not be able to enjoy the standard of living that was experienced in the length marriage.
- Rehabilitative Alimony: This is an alimony that is more often seen in marriages of short and medium length (typically up to 17 years) – and is used as a way to help the lesser-earning spouse to get on their feet once more. To be awarded this type of alimony, the party who is seeking it must come up with an established plan as to how they will “rehabilitate” – including getting a job or seeking higher education and must have it Court approved.
- Durational Alimony: In instances where permanent alimony is not the answer, a person may seek durational alimony – which is awarded for a specific period of time. There is no need for a rehabilitative plan to be put into place, and instead the seeking party is given a short financial assistance for a short period of time.
- Bridge-the-Gap Alimony: This is similar to durational alimony in that it is a temporary form of alimony that is awarded for no more than two years. It meant to “bridge the gap” from the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage and that which will be enjoyed in the years after.
- Temporary Alimony: This form of alimony is self-explanatory in that it is alimony that is awarded temporarily. It is done typically over the course of the time it takes for the dissolution of marriage action to be filed.
- Lump Sum Alimony: A unique form of alimony that can be sought is that of lump sum alimony. This is paid in one payment and can be done to either substitute as spousal support or can be done to offset the division of assets.
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