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During divorce proceedings, many complicated matters can arise, including the issue of alimony. Whether you go to litigation or resolve your case in mediation, it is important to have a skilled Fort Walton Beach alimony attorney representing you throughout your financial interests. Whether your spouse refuses to pay you alimony at all or you feel you are entitled to more, you'll require a very skilled attorney to help you reach a positive resolution.
Alternatively, if you are fighting against an unjust alimony claim, our alimony attorneys in Fort Walton Beach are here to help. We can assist you in putting together a workable argument that shows exactly why you should not have to pay or why you should receive a certain amount of alimony.
Alimony Options in Florida
At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., we have worked with a wide variety of clients facing alimony and issues. We have earned a reputation for our dedication to excellence and our history of obtaining successful outcomes in all types of family law cases, including those involving complex alimony contests and orders. If you need to pay alimony or receive it, you can depend on us to help you figure out what type of alimony is right for your case.
Types of alimony we can help you figure out include:
- Bridge-the-gap alimony: A short-term alimony option meant to cover the needs of the spouse of lesser income while the divorce is finalized and shortly after.
- Rehabilitative alimony: A type of alimony that primarily helps pay for new training or education opportunities for the recipient spouse, so they can earn gainful employment on their own when the alimony agreement ends.
- Durational alimony: For most divorces in Florida that need alimony, durational alimony will be the type used. Durational alimony lasts a certain amount based on how long the marriage lasted.
Florida Alimony Law Updates in 2023
In 2023, Florida passed important legal updates that changed how the state handles alimony, such as:
- Permanent alimony elimination: Lifetime or permanent alimony is no longer recognized by the State of Florida, so it can’t be approved in future divorce cases.
- Supportive relationship termination: When the recipient spouse enters a new supportive relationship, the court must cancel or reduce the alimony they received through a pre-existing alimony agreement, assuming the paying spouse provides proof that the supportive relationship exists. If the recipient spouse doesn’t want the alimony canceled or reduced, they must provide proof that such a change would put them through undue hardship.
- Limited rehabilitative alimony: Rehabilitative alimony is limited to no more than 5 years, which encourages the recipient spouse to complete new educational or training opportunities soon after the divorce finalizes.
- Durational alimony changes: Durational alimony is not usable when the marriage doesn’t last more than 3 years. The amount of alimony in a durational alimony order can’t exceed the “reasonable need” of the recipient spouse or 35% of the difference between the net incomes of the spouses, whichever amount is less. Also, the court can consider child support orders when weighing the spouses’ net income.
- Marriage lengths: When considering durational alimony, a short-term marriage is now considered to have lasted 10 years or less; moderate-term marriage is now considered to have lasted between 10 to 20 years; and a long-term marriage is now considered to have lasted 20 years or more.
Life insurance benefits: If the paying spouse needs to use
How Our Alimony Lawyers Can Help
At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., we have worked with a wide variety of clients facing alimony and issues. Throughout the years we have been in practice, we have earned a reputation for our dedication to excellence and our history of obtaining successful outcomes in all types of family law cases.
Types of alimony we can help you pursue, include but are not limited to:
- Short-term alimony
- Rehabilitative alimony
- Durational alimony
Respected Representation for Alimony in Fort Walton Beach
Our alimony lawyers have won a number of awards and been recognized for our excellence, including being named in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, receiving a 10.0 "Superb" rating by Avvo, Inc., and having one of our attorneys as a former judicial candidate and assistant attorney general in Florida.
We provide our clients with our personal phone numbers and we make ourselves available around the clock so you never have to worry about not being able to reach us. We truly care about getting to know you on a personal level so we can provide you with the quality of care you need.
Make an appointment to meet with a Fort Walton Beach alimony lawyer at our office. Contact us at 800-822-5170 today!
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