Making Sure Your Spousal Support Is Fair And Adequate
Alimony, also known as spousal support, can be a complex issue in a divorce. The courts consider alimony on a case-by-case basis and weigh different factors when awarding spousal maintenance; so it is important to work with a lawyer who understands how these factors apply to your unique financial situation.
At The Day Law Office in Spring Hill, Florida, our family law lawyers will help you understand your rights and obligations regarding alimony, while guiding you through the process. To discuss your case with an experienced attorney at our law firm, call us at 888-326-9553.
How The Court Awards Alimony
During a divorce, the court may grant alimony to either of the spouses if one of the parties has a need for financial maintenance and the other is able to pay. The court considers many different factors, including:
- The length of the marriage
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The age and physical health of each of the parties
- The financial resources of each party
- The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills and employability of the parties
For the purposes of determining alimony, the courts consider a short-term marriage to have a duration of less than seven years, a moderate-term marriage to have a duration of greater than seven years but less than 17 years, and a long-term marriage to have a duration of 17 years or more. There are a few different types of alimony, including:
- Temporary alimony: Support is paid while the divorce is pending.
- Bridge-the-gap alimony: Provides support to allow the party to make a transition from being married to being single. The length of an award may not exceed two years.
- Rehabilitative alimony: Usually awarded in marriages that are of short or moderate term, rehabilitative alimony is designed to help an individual party get educated or prepare for a new line of work. A plan must be submitted to the court for rehabilitative alimony.
- Durational alimony: Usually awarded in moderate-term marriages, durational alimony provides the party with support for a set number of years, not to exceed the length of the marriage.
- Permanent periodic alimony: Permanent alimony is usually only awarded in long-term marriages and can last until either party dies or the person receiving alimony remarries.