Orlando Spousal Support Lawyer
For many individuals, the stress of divorce is compounded by financial struggles, as both parties wrestle to cover additional living expenses with income that is now split.
The court generally awards alimony, which is also referred to as spousal support, to the financially weaker partner to facilitate the transition from married to being single. The court considers a number of factors before determining whether a spouse will receive alimony and how much will be paid, including:
- Length of the marriage
- Monetary resources of both parties
- Earning abilities, academic levels and the likelihood of employment
- Contributions each party has made to the marriage
Orange County Alimony Attorney
Negotiations regarding alimony are complex and often among the most contentious aspects of a divorce settlement. Although there are situations in which a person can request modifications to an original alimony agreement, most times you get just one opportunity to get it right. Whether you expect to receive spousal support or pay it, it is critical to have a knowledgeable divorce lawyer who will protect your rights and obtain a fair agreement.
At The Davies Law Firm, LLC, in Orlando, Florida, we have a thorough understanding of the factors that impact spousal support decisions. We work with opposing counsel to reach a fair agreement through negotiations. If an agreement cannot be reached, however, we have the skills and experience to present a strong argument on your behalf to a family court judge.
In order to award alimony it must be shown that the party requesting support has a genuine need and the financially stronger party has the ability to pay. Under Florida law, there are four types of spousal support:
Bridge-the-gap alimony provides necessary short-term support while the weaker financial party transits to single life. The length of any bridge-the-gap alimony award cannot exceed two years and will terminate upon the death of either party or if the receiving spouse remarries.
Rehabilitative alimony is designed to assist a party in establishing the capacity for self-support through either the redevelopment of previous skills or the acquisition of education, training or work experience. A specific rehabilitative plan must exist in order to receive this type of award.
Durational alimony provides a party with financial assistance for a set time. It is awarded in circumstances where permanent periodic alimony is inappropriate.
Permanent periodic alimony provides the necessities of life as they were established during the marriage to a party who lacks the financial ability to meet his or her needs following a divorce. It is most common in divorce following a long-term marriage and is terminated upon the death of either party or upon remarriage of the receiving spouse.
Meet With Our Experienced Orlando Spousal Support Attorney
We offer a free consultation in which we can review your situation and provide a straightforward assessment of what you can expect regarding spousal support or any other aspect of your divorce. Call 407-540-1010 or email us to schedule an appointment.