Helping Broward County With All Aspects Relating To Spousal Support

According to Florida law, a family court judge in Florida can award spousal support or alimony when one party has a need and the other has the ability to pay.

Different Types Of Florida Alimony

Some of the different types of alimony are available during different times.

Temporary alimony: Temporary alimony is paid while the divorce is pending and is based on the needs of one party and the other party's ability to pay.

Rehabilitative alimony: Rehabilitative alimony is typically paid when there is a disparity in income and one of the parties gave up an opportunity to advance his or her economic situation by supporting the career of the other party or to enable one to increase earning potential. The party receiving alimony must have a rehabilitative plan, such as going back to school or getting additional training.

Bridge-the-gap alimony: The purpose of bridge-the-gap alimony is to assist in transition from married to single life. It usually does not exceed two years.

Durational alimony: When an individual is ineligible for permanent alimony, durational alimony may be awarded for a set period of time to provide necessary economic assistance. Generally, durational alimony is awarded for marriages between seven and 17 years and typically lasts no longer than the length of the marriage. The need and ability to pay must also be present.

Permanent alimony: To receive permanent alimony, there must be a disparity in incomes, a marriage of sufficient length or an unusual circumstance such as a health issue that would preclude a party's ability to be self-supporting in the style to which he or she had become accustomed. Need and ability to pay are also factors.

Nominal alimony: When an individual is entitled to a form of alimony, but the other party is unable to provide support, nominal alimony can be awarded, providing opportunity for modification should the payer become able to provide the full amount of support in the future.

Lump sum alimony: The parties may agree to a lump sum settlement of all future alimony through a full distribution of funds or in the equitable distribution of property through additional allocation of the equivalent amount of property or assets.

Factors That Effect Alimony Payments

Many factors can affect whether and how much alimony is awarded in Florida. One of those factors is the amount of child support a parent is required to pay.

The two parties can also agree in a negotiated divorce settlement to give one party a higher split in the marital assets in lieu of alimony/spousal support.

Support For Alimony Calculations

If you need assistance with calculating alimony for your specific situation, contact our office. We handle family law matters for Pembroke Pines and those located all throughout Broward County, Florida.

Our founding attorney, Jerome Ventura, is highly experienced in negotiating and litigating alimony agreements, enforcing these agreements, and in seeking alimony changes based on a substantial, unanticipated, permanent or involuntary change in circumstances.

Call 954-399-5850 or contact our family law firm online to arrange a consultation. Evening appointments are available.