Don't Take Chances With Alimony

Your financial future is a primary concern in a divorce. Whether you are worried about how much you will pay or receive, answering the question of maintenance (alimony) is crucial. Orders are established based on your current situation. You cannot modify an order in some instances or unless you show that there has been a substantial change in circumstances in others. You must get the order right during the divorce.

At Tannenbaum Scro in Sarasota, we make sure your interests are adequately represented during the process. Adam Bragg is not just our designated family law attorney, he is one who will always advocate for his clients — and has the litigation skill and experience to do so effectively.

How Do Courts Determine Alimony In Florida?

Under Florida law, alimony (also referred to as maintenance or spousal support) is not automatic. A party must make a request for alimony, and a judge will determine whether to issue an order and in what amount. A judge will consider specific statutory factors and any others he or she deems relevant to the determination.

There are four basic types of maintenance:

  • Bridge the gap alimony: Going from married to single is a transitional period. This type of alimony provides for specific, identifiable needs as a spouse adjusts. It lasts for no longer than two years and is nonmodifiable.
  • Rehabilitative alimony: When a spouse has been out of the workforce during the marriage, it may be difficult to support himself or herself immediately. This type of alimony provides support while the spouse builds relevant work experience, redevelops job skills or obtains education, credentials or training. The award is based on a specific rehabilitative plan and can be modified due to noncompliance or substantial change in circumstances.
  • Durational alimony: This type of alimony provides support to a spouse for a defined period of time. It is awarded in cases involving marriages of short or moderate length or in long-term marriages when permanent support would be unnecessary. The amount of the order can be modified based on a substantial change in circumstances but not the duration.
  • Permanent alimony: Permanent alimony is intended to provide financial support to spouses who will be unable to self-support to the extent necessary to meet their financial needs and necessities of life. While it is most often awarded in cases involving long-term marriages, a judge has discretion to award permanent alimony in cases involving short- or moderate-length marriages when supported by sufficient evidence. This type of order can be modified (or terminated) based on a substantial change in circumstances or if the receiving spouse enters into a supportive relationship.

Talk To A Lawyer About Maintenance

Whether you are filing for divorce or have an existing order, we can help. Call our office at 941-444-9092 or toll free at 866-615-4543 to schedule a consultation with our family lawyer. If you prefer to send us your information, please complete our confidential form, and we will contact you.