Jupiter Alimony Lawyer
Alimony is a feature common to many divorces: one spouse is ordered to pay a monthly amount of support to the other spouse for a period of years after the divorce. Florida law recognizes several different types of alimony, so in every divorce where alimony is requested, the parties or the courts have to first decide whether alimony is appropriate. If so, the next step is to determine what kind of alimony is suitable, how much should be paid and for how long. Whether you are the party seeking alimony or the one being asked to pay, Jupiter alimony lawyer Caroline R. Olson is driven to get you the results you desire. Learn more about alimony below, and contact The Law Offices of Caroline Olson, P.A., in Jupiter or Boca Raton for help with alimony in your Florida divorce.
How is alimony decided?
If the parties have a valid prenuptial or postnuptial agreement in place, the entire issue of alimony might already be addressed. If not, the parties can still agree as part of the divorce process on the terms of any alimony that might be paid. Jupiter and Boca Raton alimony lawyer Caroline R. Olson will represent you in negotiations or mediation to achieve a settlement that meets your needs. When an agreement cannot be reached, attorney Caroline R. Olson will fight for your rights and interests in court.
When the question of alimony is put before the court, the judge will decide whether the requesting party needs alimony and whether the other party can afford to pay. At the Law Offices of Caroline Olson, P.A., we will build a strong case around the factors delineated by Florida Statutes. The factors, as set out in Florida Statutes 61.08, include:
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The duration of the marriage
- The age and the physical and emotional condition of each party
- The financial resources of each party, including the nonmarital and the marital 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 contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party
- The responsibilities each party will have with regard to any minor children they have in common
- The tax treatment and consequences to both parties of any alimony award, including the designation of all or a portion of the payment as a nontaxable, nondeductible payment
- All sources of income available to either party, including income available to either party through investments of any asset held by that party
- Any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the parties
What different kinds of alimony are there?
Once it is decided that alimony is appropriate, the next step is to determine what kind of alimony is suitable. The court uses the factors mentioned above to decide on the proper type of alimony, as well as the proper amount and duration of alimony.
The different kinds of alimony recognized in a Florida divorce are:
Bridge-the-gap. The purpose of bridge-the-gap alimony is to support the party while transitioning to single life. Bridge-the-gap alimony can be awarded for up to two years, as needed.
Rehabilitative. Rehabilitative alimony provides support for a party to acquire the education, job skills or employment experience necessary to be self-supporting. This type of alimony requires the party to develop a written rehabilitation plan detailing what steps will be taken.
Durational. When permanent alimony isn’t appropriate, the court can order durational alimony to provide economic assistance for a set period of time. Durational alimony is more likely after a short or medium-length marriage, although it might be awarded after a long marriage if the party doesn’t need ongoing support permanently.
Permanent. When the party requesting alimony isn’t financially able to provide for the necessities of life as they were established during the marriage, it might be appropriate to order alimony permanently. Permanent alimony is most likely after a marriage of long duration, defined as lasting for 17 years or more. It is harder but still possible to get permanent alimony after a medium-length or shorter marriage.
It is also possible to seek an order that alimony be paid while the divorce proceeding is ongoing, regardless of whether any final order of alimony is made or not. This kind of alimony is called alimony pendente lite. If you are concerned about how you will afford to live before your divorce is finalized, talk to your attorney Caroline R. Olson about preparing a case for alimony pendente lite and other steps you can take to protect yourself financially during your divorce.
Get Help with Alimony in Your Jupiter or Boca Raton Divorce
Jupiter alimony lawyer Caroline R. Olson will help you get through your divorce, ready and with the resources you need to start a new chapter in your life. For help with alimony in your Florida divorce, call The Law Offices of Caroline Olson, P.A., at our offices in Jupiter or Boca Raton.