Jacksonville Divorce and Family Law Lawyers
One of the most emotionally charged aspects of divorce is alimony. Under Florida law, either the husband or the wife can be required to financially support the other, depending on the relative financial circumstances of the parties.
In determining whether to award alimony, the court must first make a factual determination as to whether the party requesting alimony has an actual need for alimony and whether the other party has the ability to pay alimony. Once need and ability has been established, the court determines the proper type and amount of alimony.
Florida law provides for several different types of alimony:
• Temporary Spousal Support
• Bridge-the-Gap Alimony
• Durational Alimony
• Rehabilitative Alimony
• Permanent Alimony
• Lump Sum Alimony
The court will consider all the relevant factors when determining alimony, including but not limited to:
• Standard of living established during the marriage
• Length of the marriage
• Age and physical and emotional condition of each party
• Financial resources of each party
• Earning capacity and educational levels
• Contribution to the marriage
• Responsibilities with regard to any minor child of the parties
• Tax consequences of alimony
As experienced family law attorneys, we are familiar with all of the types of alimony and the statutory factors considered in determining alimony and will help you protect your rights.