Alleviating Financial Stress Through Fair Alimony
While you were married, you and your spouse supported one household on a certain income. Now you will need to support two. In many situations, this puts substantial financial strain on one or both spouses. Florida’s alimony laws are designed to alleviate this strain as fairly as possible.
In Florida, alimony (sometimes called spousal support) can be awarded while a divorce is pending and/or after it has been finalized. Alimony can be temporary, “bridge the gap,” rehabilitative, durational or permanent. Unlike child support, no party has a legal right to alimony, and an award of alimony is not determined by a statutory formula.
The decision to award alimony, and the appropriate duration and amount, is within the discretion of the court, although the law requires the court to consider numerous factors in rendering its decision.
Some of those factors include:
- The duration of the marriage
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The needs and income of each spouse
- Assets or sources of income outside of the marriage that are available to either spouse
Strong Advocates Protecting Your Rights
Alimony is a complex and unpredictable matter that often drives a divorce case and its outcome. The law in this area is constantly changing. Divorces involving alimony disputes are some of the most bitterly contested and emotional cases. The outcome of an alimony dispute can have a direct and profound impact on the rest of your life. Whether you are pursuing or opposing an award of alimony, it is vital to have an experienced attorney on your side.
At Cauthen, Oldham & Associates, P.A., we have more than 40 years of experience representing individuals in a wide variety of family law matters, including those involving alimony. We are on the cutting edge of legislative and case law developments in this area, and we can help you build the strongest possible case to protect your rights and interests.