Clearwater Alimony Attorney Serving Largo, FL
Spousal Support in the State of Florida
Alimony, or spousal support, is designed to help a lower-income spouse pay for living expenses and maintain the lifestyle experienced during the marriage. In the state of Florida, however, there are no formal guidelines that establish exactly how much alimony will be paid or received. Instead, alimony is supposed to be determined by looking at the need of the recipient and the other spouse’s ability to pay.
Given the confusing nature of alimony issues, in addition to other issues that need to be resolved during a divorce, it is important that you have an experienced lawyer on your side. At the Law Offices of Gale H. Moore, we understand the laws affecting family law matters in Florida and how to advocate for favorable results for our clients. We will provide honest answers about your rights and what you can expect from the process.
Factors to Determine Alimony Payments
Judges have broad discretion to make choices about alimony issues but will consider a number of different aspects when making those decisions. These factors may include:
- Duration of the marriage
- Standard of living during the marriage
- Contributions of each party including services rendered in homemaking, child care, education and career building of the other party
- Financial standing of each spouse
- Property division
- Age and physical and emotional condition of each party
- All sources of income available to either party
There are different types of alimony that can be awarded, depending on the situation, including temporary, permanent-periodic, rehabilitative, transitional (also known as bridge-the-gap) and lump sum support. All of these types of spousal support or combinations thereof are designed to fit certain situations. We advocate so that the judge knows the needs and resources of our client in a divorce in order to determine the amount of support awarded.
How We Can Help You Protect Your Rights
At our firm, attorney Gale Moore has more than a decade of family law experience and often works with forensic accountants and other financial experts to make valuation judgments that could influence alimony payments. We always explain to our clients what options they have and the consequences of those options.
If you have questions about alimony and spousal support, and how you can protect yourself under the law, contact us at the Law Offices of Gale H. Moore, P.A. Schedule an initial consultation at our Largo, Florida, office by calling 727-584-2528.