Alimony Attorney

The Eaton Family Law Firm assists clients throughout Palm Beach County with issues of spousal support. Alimony can be one of the most aggressively contested issues in a divorce action. Both parties have an opinion as to what he or she should pay or receive and those opinions are very often contradictory. Because the award of alimony can drastically impact your future, you an attorney who understands Florida’s laws governing spousal support and who will fight for your right to pay or receive the amount of alimony that is allowed by law.

Contact the West Palm Beach alimony attorney of The Eaton Family Law Firm by calling 561-420-8500 (24/7) to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights under Florida’s alimony laws.

What is Alimony?

Alimony, referred to as spousal support, is a system where one spouse pays a set amount of money to the other spouse as financial support. Spousal support has several goals including allowing a spouse to maintain the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage, set up a single household, and have time to obtain education or training to secure a job.

For a judge to award alimony in dissolution of marriage, the judge must find that one spouse requires financial support and that the other spouse has the ability to pay the support. Without a finding of need and ability to pay, the court will not grant alimony.

How is Alimony Awarded in Florida Divorce Cases?

The award of spousal support depends on several factors. While a judge may consider all relevant factors when deciding the amount and the type of spousal support, some of the factors considered by judges include:

  • The length of the marriage;
  • The couple’s standard of living during the marriage;
  • Financial resources of both parties;
  • The physical and emotional health of each spouse;
  • The parties’ ages;
  • Contributions to the marriage by the spouses, both financial and non-financial (i.e. housekeeping, child rearing, etc.); and,
  • If either spouse requires time to obtain additional training or education.

The law requires a judge to examine all factors to ensure a ruling that is just and equal for both parties.

What are the Types of Spousal Support Can a Judge Award in Florida?

The court can award six different types of alimony. The type of alimony awarded depends on several factors and the specific circumstances of the case.

  • Temporary Alimony — Temporary spousal support is intended to provide financial assistance during the period between filing an action and the court’s final judgment.
  • Durational Alimony — Durational spousal support is used in marriages of a short or medium length (one to seven years).
  • Bridge-the-Gap Alimony — Bridge-the-gap spousal support allows a spouse time to adjust his or her finances and living requirements from being in a marriage to being single.
  • Rehabilitative Alimony — Rehabilitative spousal support provides financial assistance to a spouse who needs to obtain additional training or education to secure a job that provides for financial independence.
  • Lump-Sum Alimony — This is a one-time award of spousal support that can offset inequities in asset distribution or provide financial support.
  • Permanent Alimony — Permanent spousal support continues until the death of either spouse or the remarriage of the receiving spouse.

Contact a West Palm Beach Spousal Support Attorney for Assistance

For a free consultation, contact The Eaton Family Law Firm at 561-420-8500 (24/7). We want to help you receive or pay an amount that is fair and equitable.

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