In divorce cases where there is a significant difference in the income and earning potential of the husband and wife, spousal support (or alimony) may be awarded as part of the divorce settlement, depending on how long you were married. Spousal support is intended to ensure that both parties are capable of maintaining a certain standard of living after the divorce, and the division of assets is final.
Understanding the factors that determine spousal support is important, but not always easy. Our spousal support lawyers evaluate the financial situations of our clients, as well as their divorce terms, in order to anticipate what alimony will be paid. We will provide honest answers and advise about your situation while advocating for your best interests.
At our Florida law firm, our knowledgeable lawyers work with accountants and other financial experts to evaluate important information about our clients and their spouses, including need, past expenditures during the marriage and the ability of the spouse to pay. Whether you are eligible to receive alimony or you are required to pay it, it is important for you to understand your rights in both cases and ensure that your financial interests are protected.
We will advise you on the different kinds of alimony, from permanent to rehabilitative, that may be awarded in a divorce and what each will mean to you down the line.
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The newest changes in spousal support define marriage by the number of years the couple has been together. A short-term marriage is one that lasts between zero and seven years and spouses are usually not entitled to alimony in this range. A moderate-length marriage is between seven and 17 years, while a long marriage is considered anything more than 17 years.
Your rights to alimony change significantly based on how long you were married. Our spousal support attorneys will be by your side throughout your entire divorce case in order to protect your best interests. We will show you all of your options if the court should require that insurance be purchased as part of your support award, and we will also assist you with any tax consequences that should arise.