Lakeland Alimony Attorneys
Alimony is frequently one of the most contentious issues in any divorce case or contempt proceeding. You need someone who can help shift the odds in your favor. You need someone experienced in handling alimony cases in the Polk County courts. We can help.
Whether you are the spouse who will be paying alimony or receiving it, the payment of alimony could affect you for years to come. Under Florida law, there are several types of alimony. Some are temporary and some are permanent. A court's decision to award alimony is primarily based upon need and ability to pay. The court may consider the adultery of either spouse and the circumstances thereof in determining the amount of alimony, if any, to be awarded. Other factor's that a court can consider include:
- The length of the marriage.
- The standard of living established during the marriage.
- The age, physical, and emotional condition of each spouse.
- The financial resources of each spouse, including the marital and nonmarital 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 such party to find appropriate employment.
- The contributions of each spouse to the marriage, including child care, home making, education, and career building.
- The responsibilities each spouse will contribute to their minor children.
- The tax treatment and consequences of any alimony award.
- All sources of income available to either spouse, including income available through investments.
- Any other factor necessary to do justice.
Types of Alimony
Transitional or “Bridge the Gap” Alimony
- helps in the transition from married to single
- assists with identifiable, short-term needs
- cannot exceed 2 years
- assists in becoming financially self-supporting by re-developing previous skills or acquiring new employment skills
- must present a specific and definable rehabilitative plan
- modifiable based upon a substantial change in circumstances or non-compliance with the rehabilitative plan
- provides assistance for a fixed period of time
- only available for marriage of short (1 to 7 years) or moderate (8 to 17 years) duration
- may not exceed the length of the marriage
- terminates upon the death of either spouse or upon re-marriage of the person receiving it
- modifiable based upon a substantial change in circumstances; however, the length of the award may only be modified under exceptional circumstances.
- provides for a spouse’s financial needs as they were established during the marriage for a spouse who lacks the financial ability to meet his or her needs
- awarded following a marriage of long duration (over 17 years), but may be awarded after a marriage of moderate duration if appropriate or following a marriage of short duration under exceptional circumstances
- terminates upon the death of either party or upon the re-marriage of the spouse receiving it
- modifiable upon a substantial change in circumstances
Lump Sum Alimony is a one-time payment of a fixed sum of money.
If you or someone you care about is facing a dissolution of marriage and seeks the help of an aggressive attorney who will help you fight for your rights, Heather Bryan Law can help. If you have had a change in circumstances and need to adjust your alimony payments, Heather Bryan Law, can help. Please contact us today for a consultation, at 863-825-5309.