If you are currently going through a dissolution of marriage, you may also need to settle the issue of alimony, also referred to as spousal support. Alimony is a complex area of family law; therefore it is in your best interests to have an experienced marital and family law attorneys help you with your case.
An attorney can represent you while trying to negotiate your spousal support terms or if you need to make modifications to a current spousal support agreement or award.
In the event your ex-spouse refuses to pay, your attorney can help file a lawsuit with the court to get you the alimony to which you are entitled.
Alimony is typically granted after equitable distribution during a divorce proceeding. Alimony is not just for wives — it can also be awarded to the husband.
The courts may award rehabilitative alimony, for example, which is a limited-time spousal support amount that helps the other party redevelop skills and gain financial independence immediately following their divorce. This could include the cost of going back to school, improving skills, or even finding a new place to live.
There are various types of alimony, including but not limited to permanent, rehabilitative, bridge the gap, temporary and durational. Each of these types of alimony have their own individual requirements under Florida Statute Section 61.08.
The circumstances regarding your dissolution may play a role in whether or not alimony is awarded. The court considers the need of the requesting spouse and the ability to pay of the pay or spouse, as well as a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:
Alimony requests can often be combined with dissolution of marriage or through the filing of a petition for support unconnected with divorce. By having an experienced Coral Gables family law lawyers, you can ensure that your rights and requests for alimony are properly presented to the court.
Also, your attorney can provide you with timely advice as to how to handle yourself during the alimony hearing, what to do if your spouse refuses payment, or how to modify an existing agreement or award when your financial situation has changed.
A skilled family attorney can help you reach an alimony settlement that you are satisfied with — whether you are the spouse paying or receiving those payments. We understand the difficulty of going through a divorce as well as requesting spousal support.
Contact the Estevez-Pazos Law Firm, P.A. today for an initial consultation regarding your spousal support requests at 305-717-7130. Serving Miami area from our offices at 1541 Sunset Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33143.
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