Tallahassee Alimony Attorneys
Helping Our Clients Establish an Effective Payment Plan
Divorce can be an incredibly difficult process. There are many things a couple must address to finalize their divorce. One of the most important factors is the subject of alimony. At The Virga Law Firm, our attorneys can help you and your spouse first determine whether alimony is necessary and then discuss what type would be the most appropriate for your situation.
Call our firm today at (850) 307-5211 for your consultation.
Alimony awards are as unique as the party requesting it. There are several different types of alimony and durations a judge may assign that are dependent on each party’s situation. For example, someone who was married for a decade is likely to receive more money than someone who was married for a little over a year. Our attorneys are well-versed in the laws concerning alimony and have extensive knowledge of what a judge may award.
Types of Alimony
Since every marriage is different, Florida has created several sub-types of alimony to address the needs of someone seeking support.
These categories are:
- Temporary alimony: This is awarded at the beginning of the divorce process and lasts until the conclusion of the case. It is meant to help the lesser-earning spouse provide for themselves while the case is in effect. This alimony is usually replaced with another type after the divorce is finalized.
- Bridge-the-gap alimony: This is another form of temporary alimony that is meant to help a party support themselves as they adjust to being single. Once the party has established their independent finances, the alimony will end.
- Rehabilitative alimony: This is awarded when the receiving spouse must pursue further education to help support themselves. This alimony is generally in place for the entire time the receiving spouse is in school and ends once they find a job.
- Durational alimony: This is usually awarded if a marriage did not last very long. The judge will grant the receiving spouse a certain amount of money that is paid for a specific amount of time. Once that time-limit ends, the alimony obligation ends.
- Permanent alimony: This is awarded when a marriage lasted a decade or more. It can also be awarded if one spouse is not able to care for themselves, even if they were to receive vocational education. This can last until either party passes away or the receiving party remarries.
Factors of Alimony
A judge will not automatically award the party seeking alimony an amount of money. There are certain factors they look for before they make their decision.
These factors commonly include:
- The marital standard of living
- The length of the marriage
- The age of each spouse
- The mental and physical health of each spouse
- The economic position each spouse will have once the marriage is over
- The need for either spouse to receive continued education once the marriage is over
- The existence of any minor children and the division of custody
- The contributions each party made to the marital home
Alimony allows one party to get back on their financial feet after divorce. It is in no way meant to punish one spouse for any misdeeds that may have occurred during the marriage. Our attorneys understand the emotional toll the dissolution of a marriage can have on people and will do everything we can to take the legal burden off your shoulders. We will do so by creating an effective plan of action concerning your alimony payment plan.
Contact Our Compassionate Alimony Attorneys Today
Whether you are paying or receiving alimony, our lawyers will help you create a plan that works for all parties involved. We are dedicated to representing the needs and wishes of our clients in and out of the courtroom and can provide skilled advocacy.
To speak to our attorneys, call us today at (850) 307-5211 or fill out this online form.