Orlando Alimony Lawyer
When a couple gets divorced, one spouse could be left at a severe financial disadvantage unless the issue of alimony is properly addressed. Historically, it was the stay-at-home mom who was forced to deal with such challenges after divorce, but, in today’s world, either spouse could be similarly affected by the rupture of marital income and assets. Alimony can work to mitigate the effects of divorce on each spouse, to the benefit of everyone. At the Arwani Law Firm, PLLC, we are experienced in alimony matters during the divorce process and thereafter. With our comprehensive representation and experienced Orlando alimony lawyers, you can be sure your financial needs and concerns will be properly addressed.
How Alimony is Determined in Florida
Florida law provides for four types of alimony—bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational, and permanent—which may be awarded to either party during divorce proceedings. The payments may be periodic, in lump sum, or both. Before awarding alimony, however, a court must first determine as a matter of fact whether either party has a need for alimony and whether either party is able to pay alimony. If the court finds one party has a need for alimony and the other party can pay, then in deciding the proper type and amount of alimony, the court must consider the following factors:
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The duration of the marriage
- The age and the physical and emotional condition of each party
- The financial resources of each party, including the nonmarital and marital assets and liabilities distributed to each
- The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the parties, and (when applicable) the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable him or her to find appropriate employment
- The contribution of each party to the marriage, including but not limited to services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party
- The responsibilities each party will have regarding any minor children they have in common
- The tax treatment and consequences to both parties of any alimony award, including the designation of all or a portion of the payment as a nontaxable, nondeductible payment
- All sources of income available to either party, including income available to either party through investments of any asset held by that party
- Any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the parties
The last point means Florida courts have great discrepancy when awarding alimony. For example, in Florida (unlike many states), a court may consider adultery of either spouse and the circumstances of the betrayal in determining the amount of alimony, if any, to be awarded. For this reason, it’s critical to have sound legal advice and guidance when addressing alimony-related issues.
If you have concerns about alimony, please contact our experienced Orlando alimony lawyers.
Our Orlando alimony lawyers have helped many clients—men and women—set alimony awards that meet their needs, and we can help you as well. If you are considering divorce and you may be entitled to receive or ordered to pay alimony, or you expect alimony to be a point of contention in your divorce, please contact our office to schedule a confidential consultation.