Orlando Alimony Attorney

Orlando Alimony AttorneyAs divorce attorneys, we understand that the obligation to pay or receive alimony is a serious financial issue that can complicate a divorce case. Divorce is already difficult enough without worrying about financial security. With the direction of the skilled Orlando alimony attorney team at Kramer Law, alimony and support proceedings may be easier to endure.

Alimony, or “spousal support,” is a monetary periodic or lump sum payment that the court orders one spouse to pay to the other, either during a divorce proceeding (temporary relief) or after the divorce is final.

In addition to ordering alimony, a Florida court may also order the paying spouse to either purchase or maintain a life insurance policy or a bond.

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Types of Florida Alimony

Alimony in Florida is determined by the court. In calculating the amount of alimony, if any, the court will consider each spouse’s need for support versus their ability to pay. In other words, all other factors being equal, the court will require the spouse who earns a significantly higher income to pay alimony to the spouse who is in need.

There are multiple types of alimony listed in Florida Statute 61.08 that are awarded based on the circumstances of the case, including how long the marriage lasted before a spouse filed for divorce. For alimony purposes, Florida courts consider a short-term marriage as less than seven years, a moderate-term marriage as more than seven but less than 17 years, and a long-term marriage as more than 17 years.

Bridge-the-Gap or Transitional Alimony

Bridge-the-Gap alimony, sometimes called “transitional” alimony, gives the recipient time to transition from married to single life. In doing so, this type of alimony assists the recipient with legitimate short-term needs that the court can identify. This alimony is awarded for no more than two years and can only be terminated if either party dies or remarries. It cannot be modified in amount or duration.

Rehabilitative Alimony

Rehabilitative alimony helps the recipient become self-sufficient after divorce. Such alimony includes support for the redevelopment of previous skills or credentials or the acquisition of education, training, or work experience. A spouse who desires this type of alimony must establish a specific rehabilitative plan with the court. The court may modify or terminate rehabilitative alimony upon a substantial change of circumstances, non-compliance, or completion of the rehabilitative plan.

Durational Alimony

Durational alimony provides the recipient with temporary economic assistance after a short- or moderate-term marriage. Durational alimony can also apply for a long-term marriage where there is no ongoing need for permanent support. The court may modify or terminate durational alimony upon a substantial change in circumstances, including if either party dies, remarries, or experiences a significant change in income. However, the length of the award can only be modified under exceptional circumstances and cannot exceed the length of the marriage.

Permanent alimony

A court will order permanent alimony when either party lacks the financial ability to meet his or her needs and the necessities of life after a divorce. A court will only consider permanent alimony if it finds that no other form of alimony is fair or reasonable. The court may terminate permanent alimony only if either party dies, remarries, or has a relationship in which someone else might support or “cohabitate” (live) with the receiving party. The court may modify permanent alimony based upon a substantial change of circumstances.

An experienced alimony attorney will know whether your circumstances qualify for a potential modification, as well as which form of alimony will best apply in your divorce. Contact us for a free consultation today.

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What Factors Are Considered in Alimony Award?

Once a Florida court determines that alimony should be awarded, the court may use the following factors to determine how much and what type of alimony the receiving spouse will get:

  • Standard of living established during the marriage;
  • Length of time of the marriage;
  • Age and physical and emotional condition of each party;
  • Each party’s financial resources. These include marital and non-marital assets and debts;
  • Earning capability of either party, to include educational level, vocational skill and employability;
  • Each party’s contributions to the marriage;
  • Parental responsibility to any child or children the parties have together;
  • Tax ramifications to both parties of any alimony award;
  • All sources of income, including investment income.

Alimony Modifications

The court may modify an award of alimony if there is a significant change in circumstances or if the recipient becomes involved in another supportive relationship. The court will terminate alimony if the receiving party dies or remarries.

If there is an alimony order that should be legally modified because of a change in either party’s circumstances, our attentive divorce attorneys at Kramer Law will know the procedures necessary to get a resolution to your alimony matter as peacefully and efficiently as possible.

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