Experienced and Knowledgeable Representation in Spousal Support Matters
If you are considering a divorce and are concerned about paying or receiving alimony, you should work with an experienced Florida spousal support lawyer. At Bergman Family Law, we will help you understand your financial status and determine the best way to resolve your spousal support concerns.
Florida Spousal Support Requirements
Spousal support, also known as alimony, is a court-order series of payments from one spouse to the other after they have divorced or legally separated. These payments are intended to help the receiving partner support themselves after the end of the relationship.
Florida courts only require higher-income partners to pay spousal support to lower-income partners, never the reverse. Support is more likely to be ordered if:
- The lower-income partner chose to become a stay-at-home parent or otherwise end their career to support the household
- The lower income partner helped the higher income partner during their education or early career at their own cost
- The lower income partner cannot support themselves
Harrison Bergman will work with you to determine if you meet the requirements for alimony and how to pursue the best possible outcome from your case.
Types of Alimony in Florida
In Florida, there are four types of alimony that a judge may order:
- Bridge-the-Gap Alimony: Support that allows one partner to adjust to being single that lasts two years or less and cannot be modified.
- Durational Alimony: Short-term support for marriages of less than 17 years that can only be modified in amount, not length.
- Rehabilitative Alimony: Support to help the recipient establish their independence by pursuing education. It requires a specific plan for rehabilitating the recipient’s career; the order’s duration and amount may be modified.
- Permanent Alimony: Alimony only ends upon the death of either spouse or the recipient’s marriage due to their inability to support themselves.
Judges may also award multiple types of spousal support to ensure the recipient has the funds they need without undue hardship on the paying party.
Pursuing Equitable Alimony Awards in Florida
If you have concerns about spousal support in Florida, Harrison Bergman can help. At Bergman Family Law, we offer experienced alimony legal counsel to clients throughout the greater Miami and Broward area. Learn how Bergman Family Law can help you resolve your spousal support dispute by calling (954) 419-4358 or messaging us online.