Your Trusted Lake County And Sumter County Lawyers For Alimony And Divorce
Securing Your Financial Future
Going through a divorce can be a difficult time involving life-altering changes. When dealing with a divorce where you need financial support or may be required to pay alimony, it is important to have an experienced family lawyer who understands your situation and will work hard to accomplish your goals. Lake County and Sumter County family law firm Robyn A. Hudson P.A. is based in Tavares and our law firm represents individuals in various family matters, including those involving alimony.
Providing Practical Legal Counsel Regarding Your Alimony Issues
Florida has several types of alimony including: temporary, bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational, permanent, and lump sum. Spouses can agree on the terms of an alimony award, but if they cannot agree, the judge will evaluate your circumstances and decide for you.
- Temporary support will help the lower earning spouse remain financially stable during the divorce process and ends when the judge finalizes the divorce.
- Bridge-the-gap alimony helps a recipient spouse meet short term needs while moving from married to single status. This support cannot exceed two years and terminates if either spouse dies or if the supported spouse remarries.
- Rehabilitative support is awarded in cases where one spouse can become self-supporting but will need time and financial help to redevelop previous skills or to gain education, training, or experience needed to enter the workforce.
- Durational support is alimony which is paid for a specified period of time. It is used in cases where the supported spouse requires financial help after the divorce, but does not qualify for permanent alimony. This financial support may not last longer than the length of the marriage.
- Permanent alimony ends if either spouse dies or the supported spouse remarries (or if the Court terminates it for other reasons), but otherwise, this type of support is ongoing unlike the other forms of support described above which terminate after a period of time. This type of support may be awarded to spouses who need financial assistance to meet the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage or who are unable to become self-supporting in the future, in cases where the supported spouse is disabled or of advanced age, or in many other instances. Generally a long-term marriage is required for permanent alimony, but there are exceptions. The Court will consider a number of factors in determining whether this type of alimony is appropriate, including each party’s responsibilities for any minor children they have in common.
- Lump sum alimony is an alimony award made on a lump-sum basis and can be awarded in some circumstances instead of or in addition to other forms of alimony.
Modifying Or Terminating Your Alimony Award/ Obligation
In some cases a paying or recipient spouse can request a modification in alimony if there is a significant change in circumstances since the last support order, unless the couple agreed in writing that neither will ask the Court to review alimony. Bridge-the Gap alimony is non- modifiable. The Court may modify the amount of durational support but usually may not alter the length of the award. If the supported spouse does not comply with the rehabilitative alimony plan while receiving support, then the paying spouse may ask the Court to modify or terminate the award. As mentioned above, the death of either party or remarriage of the supported spouse will usually allow alimony to be terminated, and the cohabitation of the spouse receiving support in a financially supportive relationship may also warrant the modification or termination of alimony.