Alimony Establishment & Modification
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At Ovadia Law Group, we believe in doing everything in our power to secure fair outcomes. Without skillful legal representation, divorce proceedings can leave you stuck with a number of court-mandated arrangements that feel anything but fair. Unfortunately, this is often the case with alimony and spousal support arrangements. Our family lawyers are here to help whether you are seeking to make sure your alimony arrangement is reasonable or feel your current alimony orders should be changed.
Establishing Alimony in Florida Family Courts
In the state of Florida, alimony is meant to ensure one spouse is not at an unfair financial disadvantage during or after divorce. Florida courts typically weigh the length of a marriage when deciding whether one spouse should receive alimony and for how long. (The longer the marriage, the greater the likelihood that one of you will have to pay alimony, at least for a time.)
Depending on your circumstances, the court may award different kinds of alimony, including:
- Temporary alimony: This is spousal support paid during divorce in order to ease any financial stress placed on one party because of separation, legal fees, reduced income, etc. It ends when the court finalizes your divorce.
- Transitional alimony: Similar to temporary alimony, this form of spousal support is only for a set period of time. Transitional alimony serves to help the less affluent spouse afford the costs of securing new living arrangements, pay bills, and start their life fresh on a single income.
- Rehabilitative alimony: If one spouse needs to go back to school, pursue professional training, or take other costly or time-consuming measures to feasibly and independently support themselves, the court may order the other spouse to pay rehabilitative alimony in order to give them the ability to pursue opportunities that will result in self-sufficiency.
- Permanent alimony: This form of alimony is typically only available for couples who have been married for 10 years or more and is generally paid to spouses who will not be able to become financially self-sufficient or independent.
- Durational alimony: This form of alimony lasts a prescribed amount of time and does not last longer than the total duration of the marriage and it is used as an alternative when other forms of alimony do not quite fit the circumstances but spousal support is still necessary.
Modifying Alimony Orders in Florida
It tends to be much better to come to a reasonable alimony agreement at the point of divorce than to come back later and convince the court to change its orders. However, if you believe your spousal support arrangement is needlessly burdensome or unfair, you may be able to successfully challenge it and come to a more desirable agreement. Our family law attorneys at Ovadia Law Group are here to help and make sure you are treated fairly and that your voice is heard in Florida family court.
Worried about paying too much alimony or not receiving enough? Call Ovadia Law Group today for help.