West Palm Beach Alimony Attorney
In some Florida divorce cases, alimony serves an important purpose and is a point of negotiation and contention between divorcing spouses. In others—such as when the marriage was relatively short or both spouses are employed and educated—alimony won’t be as much of a factor. At Bruce S. Rosenwater & Associates, P.A., our West Palm Beach alimony attorney helps clients establish fair alimony arrangements that reflect the standard of living established during the marriage and the financial state of each spouse once the divorce is final.
What Kind of Alimony Is Available in Florida?
Florida courts may grant alimony to either spouse in the form of bridge-the-gap alimony, rehabilitative alimony, durational alimony, or permanent alimony, as well as any combination of these types of alimony. Alimony payments may be made periodically or as a lump sum, or both if two different types of alimony are awarded. For example, bridge-the-gap alimony may be awarded and ordered as a lump sum payment to help the receiving spouse transition from being married to single, and then durational alimony may be awarded and ordered as a periodic payment to provide the receiving spouse with ongoing economic assistance for a specific amount of time.
How Is Alimony Determined in Florida?
The first thing courts look at when deciding if alimony is appropriate in a divorce case is whether either spouse has an actual need for alimony and whether either spouse has the means to pay alimony. If a judge finds that a spouse has a need for alimony and the other spouse can pay alimony, then, in determining the proper type and amount of alimony, there are many factors—provided by Florida law—the judge must consider. These include:
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The duration of the marriage
- The age and the physical and emotional condition of each spouse
- The financial resources of each spouse, including the assets received as the result of property division during the divorce process
- The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the spouses
- The contributions of each spouse to the marriage
- The responsibilities each spouse will have regarding the custody and support of minor children
- The tax treatment and consequences to both spouses of an alimony award
- All sources of income available to either spouse
Speak with an Experienced West Palm Beach Alimony Attorney
If you believe you may be entitled to receive alimony during or after divorce, or if you think you may be asked to pay alimony, don’t hesitate to contact Bruce S. Rosenwater & Associates, P.A in West Palm Beach. We’ll look at the unique circumstances of your divorce and determine if alimony may indeed be a factor in your case. Then, with keen representation, we’ll help you achieve your goals regarding alimony, whether that’s maximizing or minimizing payments.