Tampa Alimony Attorney
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Florida law allows for an ex-husband or ex-wife to continue to be supported by the other spouse after the marriage has been dissolved. This is called alimony, spousal support, support or maintenance. Originally, alimony was only collected by the ex-wife. However, today, either husband or wife can be required to financially support the other, depending upon the financial circumstances surrounding the divorce. The amount of maintenance that one spouse has to pay to the other is based upon several different factors, some of which are:
- Duration of the marriage
- Contribution of each spouse to the marriage (homemaking and child care are included in this point)
- Financial resources of each person, including all marital and non-marital assets available to each spouse
- Physical and emotional condition of each party
- Age of each party
- Standard of living during the marriage
Alimony in Florida
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There are several different types of alimony in the state of Florida. Our attorneys at Givens Givens Sparks are extremely familiar with each type of spousal support, and we can help you to ensure that your rights are upheld in your case. With any divorce, there are many different factors that have to be juggled and arranged in order to achieve agreement on both sides. All of our alimony attorneys serving Tampa Bay have years of experience in working with individuals seeking divorce to help them achieve the smoothest transition possible.
The different types of alimony include:
- Permanent Period Alimony – this type of alimony can be required as a monthly payment from one ex-spouse to another to maintain the standard of living which was originally set during the marriage. Permanent alimony is normally reserved for long-term marriages, though this type of alimony has been granted in marriages less than fourteen years long in some cases.
- Rehabilitative Alimony – This type of alimony is awarded when one spouse has let his or her professional status lapse due to the marriage, or has some other type of similar circumstance where it will take some time to return to a level of income that the ex-spouse is accustomed to.
- Transitional Alimony – Sometimes one spouse is awarded a one-time payment to help him or her adjust to single living. This is when this type of alimony would be applied, especially if the person does not qualify for any other type of alimony.
- Lump Sum Alimony – Sometimes the amount of spousal support that would be provided over a period can be awarded in one lump sum. Sometimes distribution of assets is referred to as lump sum alimony even though it isn’t technically alimony that the person is receiving.
- Temporary Alimony – This type of alimony can be awarded to one spouse during the divorce proceeding until a more permanent arrangement can be made.
Our office is home to the two attorneys who co-authored the chapter on Alimony that is published in the Dissolution of Marriage Manual made available to the members of the Florida Bar. Not only does the law firm have the experience and knowledge that is recognized by the state, we also have countless satisfied clients who we have worked with to achieve successful alimony arrangements in Florida.
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