Alimony – also called spousal support or maintenance – is not a relevant issue in every Florida divorce. However, when one spouse requests alimony from the other, it can be a highly contentious matter and is often a sticking point that causes delays and additional expenses in a divorce case. To protect your rights and your resources, you should always have the help of an experienced alimony lawyer in St. Johns County.
Alimony is a type of financial support that one spouse makes to the other during or after a divorce. Unlike child support, there is no specific formula to determine who gets alimony and how much they should receive. Instead, these decisions are left to the discretion of the court if two spouses cannot agree.
If one spouse requests alimony, the other can agree to a certain amount and duration out of court. Your lawyer can advise you whether or not this is appropriate in your situation. If spouses cannot agree, they will each need to present their case to the court, which will decide whether to award alimony, how much, and for how long.
Some factors courts review include:
There are other factors that might be relevant, as well. No matter which side of an alimony case you might be on, you want to ensure your rights and financial future are protected.
At Naples & Spence, Attorneys at Law, we handle all aspects of the divorce process, including complex alimony determinations. If you need assistance with a divorce, please contact us online or call 904.657.7117? today.