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Helping You Settle Your Alimony Matters in The Sunshine State
In many cases, alimony claims play a critical role in Florida divorce cases. The Virga Law Firm has defended client interests in all forms of alimony claims throughout Florida. Whether your case involves: bridge-the-gap, durational, or rehabilitative alimony, our experienced team of Florida alimony attorneys will guide you through every step.
We will analyze the pertinent facts of your case to best determine the most effective strategy to defend your rights regarding alimony issues. Our proven approach can help you prosecute or defend against an alimony case.
What is Alimony?
Alimony is any money paid from one spouse to the other as a means of support arising from a divorce case. In general, courts evaluate both parties’ economic situation to best determine the need and ability to pay any alimony. The requesting party must meet the standards of need required by law.
Types of Alimony in Florida
The types of alimony in Florida include:
- Bridge-the-gap alimony: The payments are made to help the supported ex-spouse transition to being single and financially self-reliant. The purpose of bridge-the-gap alimony is to help spouses with legitimate short-term needs. However, the duration of such alimony cannot exceed two years.
- Rehabilitative alimony: Payments are made in order to support an ex-spouse in learning, regaining skills, earning credentials, or acquiring work experience.
- Durational alimony: The payments that are made for a set timeframe after a "marriage of short or moderate duration" or after a long marriage. This type of alimony cannot last any longer than half of a short-term marriage, 60% of a moderate-term marriage, or 75% of a long-term marriage.
Each divorce case is unique, and alimony decisions are made based on various factors. If you are involved in a divorce or are looking to file for divorce in Florida, it's best to consult with our alimony attorney, who is here to help you understand which type of alimony might apply to your specific situation.
How Does The Court Determine Alimony?
Florida courts review each case individually and rule based on the circumstances, attempting to reach a fair result. During litigation, the ability to pay is also evaluated. It’s highly unlikely for a court ruling to cause the paying party’s net worth to be less than the recipient’s. In court, several factors determine whether an alimony award is appropriate.
Some of the more common are as follows:
- The financial resources of both the spouse seeking alimony and the other party. These resources include – marital assets, non-marital assets, and liabilities
- All income sources for both parties (e.g., investment income)
- The earning capability, educational history, vocational skills, and employability of each party
- Expenses related to seeking party’s education and training for employment preparation
- The standard of living during the time of marriage
- The marriage’s length
- Both parties’ age, physical condition, and emotional condition
- The contributions of each party to the marriage. This includes - home management, child care, educational attainment, and efforts pertaining to one party’s aid to the other with their career
- The tax consequences of the alimony award to each party
- The responsibilities of each spouse in respect to any minor children the parties have in common
Contact Our Florida Alimony Attorney Today
At The Virga Law Firm, our team of Florida alimony lawyers knows the skillful and detailed evaluation of the above factors is key to the effective presentation of your alimony claim or defense. Let our attorneys help defend your interests.
Contact The Virga Law Firm, P.A., today to get in touch with our Florida alimony lawyer.
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