Gainesville Alimony Attorneys
Alimony is one of many important issues in a divorce. How much alimony you receive or pay will greatly impact your financial security going forward.
Whether you expect to receive alimony or believe you may be asked to pay alimony, it is critical to work with an experienced lawyer. For years, people across North Central Florida have worked with Arroyo & Talbert, P.A., for our knowledgeable, dynamic approach. Contact us online today.
Spousal Support Attorneys Helping Clients Understand The Laws
Florida courts will look at many factors when deciding the amount and duration of an alimony award, or if alimony is even warranted. The most important factors are one spouse’s ability to pay alimony and the other spouse’s need for alimony. Another major factor courts look at is the length of the marriage. For alimony purposes, marriages less than seven years are considered to be short-term marriages, marriages between seven and 17 years are considered to be moderate-term marriages, and marriages longer than 17 years are considered long-term marriages.
Florida courts may award one of four different kinds of alimony. These types of alimony are called:
- Bridge-the-gap alimony: This alimony may be awarded to make it easier for a spouse to make the transition to single life. Bridge-the-gap alimony is not supposed to last longer than two years, and is often awarded in short-term marriages. Bridge-the-gap alimony cannot be modified.
- Durational alimony: Durational alimony is generally awarded in short-term or moderate-term marriages. Durational alimony can never be awarded for longer than the length of the marriage. Further, this type of alimony can be modified upon a substantial change of circumstances.
- Rehabilitative alimony: This type of alimony will be awarded to help a spouse obtain the educational training necessary to support him or herself.
- Permanent periodic alimony: This type of alimony is typically awarded after a long-term marriage in order to help a spouse who does not have the financial ability to support him or herself. Permanent alimony can be modified when there is a substantial change of circumstances of if the party receiving alimony has remarried or is in a supportive relationship.
Our Gainesville alimony lawyers will give you a realistic idea of what to expect in your case. Once you know the possible range of outcomes, we will take decisive action aimed at achieving a sound result.
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