Spousal support, also known as alimony, is support or maintenance that is generally paid by one former spouse to another. This financial assistance is meant to give the spouse who makes no income or very little the ability to support themselves until they remarry or reach a point in which they can acquire a livable income. In Florida, there is no discrimination as to who can receive alimony. The husband or the wife can be eligible for support.
If you are facing divorce, alimony will most likely be a possibility. Either you will pay it or you will receive it. Either way, you have the right to secure the representation of a Boca Raton family law attorney who knows the law and can ensure that you receive the best possible outcome in the divorce, including fair terms when it comes to alimony.
Paying Close Attention To Your Unique Circumstances
Your attorney will work with you and review your unique circumstances with you to help determine the type of alimony that may be involved in the divorce. There are many factors that the courts take into consideration when determining the type of support that should be awarded to one spouse in a divorce. These factors include:
- The duration of the marriage
- The emotional and physical condition of each party, as well as age
- Standard of living that was established during the marriage
- Financial resources of each party
- Contribution that each spouse made to the marriage and not just financially.
Advising You On the Types Of Alimony
There are different types of alimony, depending on the circumstances. Those types include:
- Temporary alimony – This is a non-permanent solution until the divorce agreement is final.
- Permanent alimony – One party pays the other monthly so that the party receiving payments can maintain their standard of living.
- Rehabilitative alimony – One party that allowed their educational and professional status lapse during the marriage in order to commit to marital duties may be able to receive this type of alimony until they get their professional or educational status back to a point they can earn a living on their own.
- Lump sum alimony – Sometimes permanent alimony can be paid in a lump sum. Sometimes this money is obtained through the sale or division of property.
- Transitional alimony – This type of alimony is paid for just enough time for one spouse to transition from married life to single living. For instance, the money can be used to pay for moving costs or for a down payment on an apartment or new home.
- Durational alimony – Monthly payments for a limited time, lasting no longer than the length of the marriage.
When your Florida divorce attorney reviews your circumstances, you will be advised on the type of alimony may be involved in the matter.
Contact Attorney Ronald M. Zakarin
Alimony is sometimes a necessary part of divorce when one spouse earns more money than the other or one supported the other. The purpose of alimony is to ensure the spouse making less money or none at all is able to maintain their lifestyle until they remarry or until they are able to establish a sufficient income of their own. If you need assistance with alimony matters as part of a divorce or outside of divorce proceedings, the Law Offices of Ronald M. Zakarin, P.A. can help. To learn more, call 561-338-5297 to request a free consultation.