Boca Raton Alimony Lawyer
Get Help from a Skilled Divorce Attorney in Palm Beach County!
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.
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,
- 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
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.
We do our very best to return your phone call the same day. At a minimum,
we promise to return your call within 24 hours.