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Divorce proceedings can encompass a wide range of considerations to be dealt with, including issues of spousal support, or alimony. At Beaulieu-Fawcett Law Group, P.A., we understand that these challenges can be both complex and highly emotional, and we are prepared to work tirelessly on your behalf to support your best interests.
Call our alimony lawyers in Delray Beach today at (561) 600-5711 to schedule your free case assessment. We are here to support you however we can.
What is Alimony?
Alimony refers to the monetary payments made from one spouse to another. Either a husband or a wife can be required to pay alimony in Florida. This may consist of a single lump-sum payment or a series of payments for months or years. Alimony in Florida is based on need and the ability to pay.
How is Alimony Calculated in Florida?
There is no set calculation for alimony payments in the state of Florida, instead a judge will look at each party's financial needs and ability to pay. A rough guideline would calculate about 30% of the higher earning spouse's gross annual income, minus about 20% of the lesser earning spouse's gross annual income, to determine an estimate of the alimony payment.
Other determining factors in alimony calculation include:
- Gross income of the payer
- Gross income of the payee
- Liquid assets of payee after the divorce
- How many years the marriage lasted
What Factors are Considered When Determining Alimony?
Florida law requires the consideration of several factors when determining entitlement to alimony, such as:
- The length of the marriage
- The standard of living maintained during the marriage
- All sources of income available to either spouse
- The age, physical condition, and emotional condition of each spouse
- The contributions made to the marriage by each spouse
- Each spouse’s earning potential, education, and overall employability
- Each spouse’s financial resources
What are the Different Types of Alimony in Florida?
Depending on the circumstances of the case, the state of Florida may award up to five different varieties of alimony:
- Temporary - alimony that is awarded during the pendency of the divorce.
- Rehabilitative - payments made until the receiving spouse is able to develop a career and support themselves financially.
- Bridge-the-Gap - temporary payments made until the divorce is finalized and the receiving spouse is able to get on their feet. This usually never lasts more than two years.
- Durational - If bridge the gap alimony does not last long enough, this form of alimony may extend the duration further.
- Permanent - the duration of payments will continue until a judge orders it to stop.
How Long Does Alimony Last in Florida?
The duration of alimony in Florida varies from case to case and depends on the decision of the court. The most important factor in calculating how long alimony will last is the length of the marriage. If you ended a short-term marriage (i.e. one lasting less than seven years), then alimony will also likely be short-term. Moderate-term marriages (lasting seven to 17 years) or long-term marriages (lasting more than 17 years) will usually qualify for durational alimony (alimony for a limited predetermined period) or permanent alimony (lifetime alimony payments that conclude only with the death of one party or the remarriage of the recipient). Every divorce case is different, so it’s important to talk to a lawyer to get a better idea of what to expect in terms of alimony in your specific situation.
Alimony After a Divorce
Divorce is a difficult and often emotionally-charged process. While most desire to see their divorce resolved as quickly as possible, it is critical that you have what you need to make well-informed decisions, as they will have a far-reaching effect on your family’s future. If you are contemplating or beginning a divorce and believe that you may be entitled to or responsible for alimony payments, our alimony attorneys in Delray Beach can help.
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