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Many divorces involve an award of alimony or spousal support. This award is designed to assist the economically weaker spouse in making the transition to life as a single person. Alimony can be one of the many challenges addressed in a divorce – if not one of the most complex. In addition to determining an initial award, issues may arise when a person finds they are paying too much or not receiving enough alimony. With proper legal assistance, both parties in a divorce can save money, time and stress dealing with alimony issues in a divorce.

The Boca Raton divorce lawyers at The Law Offices of Brian M. Moskowitz can help you obtain a proper alimony award or payment or the modification of an existing spousal support order. Contact us today at (561) 983-6707 or through our online form, and we'll put our experience to work for you. From our offices in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, we provide family law services to individuals throughout the state of Florida.

Types of Alimony Awards

Alimony awards in Florida are based on the receiving spouse's need for support and the paying spouse's ability to pay. If neither the need to receive alimony nor the ability to pay alimony can be shown, the court will not award alimony in a Florida divorce.

Alimony can take many forms, including:

  • Temporary alimony – These payments are made during divorce proceedings.
  • Bridge-the-gap alimony – This type of alimony is paid to help the receiving spouse make the transition from marriage to being single.
  • Rehabilitative alimony – These alimony payments help the receiving spouse work to re-enter the workforce, such as through education, or to obtain higher-paying employment.
  • Lump-sum alimony – This is a one-time alimony payment.
  • Permanent periodic alimony – These are ongoing alimony payments paid until the recipient dies, remarries or enters into a supportive relationship. Permanent alimony payments may be modified with a court order if either spouse demonstrates a substantial change in their circumstances.

In Florida, there is a presumption in favor of permanent periodic alimony when long-term marriages (17 years or greater) end, a presumption against permanent periodic alimony after short-term marriages (less than 7 years), and no presumption regarding permanent periodic alimony in "gray-area" marriages (greater than 7 years but less than 17 years). The length of time that defines each type of marriage varies from district to district and changes often.

Determining Alimony Payments in Florida

Alimony payments and their duration are based on a variety of factors, including:

  • The standard of living established during the marriage
  • The duration of the marriage
  • The age and the physical and emotional condition of each party
  • Each party's financial resources, including non-marital and marital assets and liabilities distributed to each
  • When applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable them to find appropriate employment
  • The contribution of each party to the marriage, including but not limited to, homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party
  • All income sources available to either party.

An alimony decision can have a detrimental impact on one's standard of living – whether one party is paying too much or receiving too little. A permanent periodic alimony payment can be modified, but the decision is not automatic. To appeal to the court for an altered payment is costly in terms of money, time and stress. If a former spouse who pays permanent alimony retires and must live on a limited income, their alimony payments do not automatically change.

Given the potentially long-lasting effect of an alimony decision for payer and recipient, it is important to have an alimony lawyer experienced in Florida divorce proceedings and alimony orders at your side as your marriage is dissolved.

Contact a Boca Raton Alimony Lawyer Today

If you are concerned about how you might be affected by Florida's alimony laws, you want an alimony lawyer who will be a persuasive advocate for you. Attorney Brian Moskowitz is that type of attorney.

As a divorced single parent, Boca Raton lawyer Brian Moskowitz understands the issues of divorce and alimony firsthand. He will guide you through these difficult times. Whether you are the spouse who may be required to pay alimony or the spouse who may need to receive alimony, his family law firm will work closely with you to aggressively protect your rights and help you make the best decisions possible.

For skilled and knowledgeable representation regarding alimony or modification of alimony orders, contact The Law Offices of Brian M. Moskowitz at (561) 983-6707 or fill out our online form.

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