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Navigating Alimony Laws in Florida

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is a court-ordered payment from one spouse to another spouse in a divorce. This payment can account for an unfair economic burden placed on a lower-wage-earning spouse following a divorce.

When the court orders a person to pay alimony, these payments can come in the form of monthly, weekly, bi-weekly, or lump-sum payments. The court will use a variety of factors to determine the exact amount and duration of spousal support payments.

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How Does the Court Determine Alimony in Florida?

The court considers a wide range of factors when determining alimony. A few of the significant factors include the following:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The age of both spouses
  • The physical and emotional condition of both spouses
  • The couple’s prior standard of living
  • The financial resources each spouse owns
  • The income-earning capacities of both spouses
  • The income-producing capacity of each spouse’s assets
  • The time needed to acquire additional education or training to qualify for appropriate employment

Contact The Family Matters Law Firm for a strategy session to discuss how these factors may affect your case.

What Are the Types of Alimony in Florida?

Florida recognizes five different types of alimony payments. The court will examine a wide range of factors involving both spouses to determine the type of alimony to award the receiving spouse.

Here are the five types of alimony in Florida:

  • Permanent alimony: Permanent spousal support payments for individuals who cannot and will never be able to earn on their own
  • Temporary alimony: Temporary spousal support during the divorce proceedings
  • Rehabilitative alimony: Temporary spousal support for individuals in the process of becoming financially independent
  • Durational alimony: Temporary spousal support payments that last no longer than the length of the marriage
  • Bridge-the-gap alimony: Temporary spousal support lasting no more than two years to help the receiving spouse transition to financial independence

Whether you are seeking alimony from your former spouse or your spouse is requesting alimony from you, having an attorney on your side is important to ensure that your needs are heard throughout the process.

What Happens When Someone Fails to Make Court-Ordered Alimony Payments in Florida?

If your spouse has received a court requirement to pay you alimony, and they fail to make these payments, you can take steps to enforce this court order. Working with an attorney can help you navigate this court process to enforce alimony payments.

When the court finds that a person has failed to make required alimony payments, they may face a range of penalties, such as:

  • Being in contempt of court, leading to jail time or fines
  • Wage garnishment
  • Property seizure
  • Property liens
  • Income tax refund seizure

If a couple has mutually agreed to the alimony requirements without involving the court, there would be no legal consequences for failing to make these payments. It is important to make the alimony agreement an official part of the court’s order. Record the agreed-upon alimony terms in writing, and work with an attorney to make those terms enforceable while both parties are still in agreement.

Speak with an experienced attorney at The Family Matters Law Firm if you need to take action regarding missing alimony payments.

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Legal concerns with family can cause intense stress and have far-reaching effects. This can be especially true when children are involved. You also have a lot of financial interests in a family law case, so you must partner with the right attorney. The team at The Family Matters Law Firm is the right choice for these reasons:

  • We understand family. The Family Matters Law Firm offers our clients a family-friendly environment. We understand how delicate legal issues are with spouses, partners, and children.
  • We speak Spanish. Language barriers shouldn’t be a problem when you work with our firm. We speak Spanish and can understand your personal concerns.
  • We have the experience and skills. Family law is not something anyone should take lightly. Our attorneys have been practicing law for more than 20 years. We understand the critical aspects of family law and the essential steps with each case.

How Long Do Alimony Payments Continue in Florida?

In 2019, Florida updated its laws about the duration of alimony payments. Now, the court determines how long to order alimony payments based on the duration of a marriage. The longer you and your spouse have been married, the longer these payments will continue.

Florida divides marriage durations into three categories when determining the length of spousal support:

  • Short-term: Marriages under seven years
  • Mid-range: Marriages between seven and 17 years
  • Long-term: Marriages 17 years and longer

However, the court can also consider other factors when determining the duration of alimony. Working with an attorney is essential to voice your needs and pursue fair and appropriate terms, whether you are on the giving or receiving end of an alimony order.

How Can an Alimony Attorney Assist in a Florida Divorce Case?

Whether your spouse is seeking alimony from you or vice versa, having an attorney on your side can be highly beneficial. Your alimony lawyer can provide all of the following services:

  • Walk you through the alimony court process
  • Help you dictate your needs and concerns to the judge
  • Help you receive a favorable alimony payment requirement
  • Provide legal advice and guidance to improve your case outcomes
  • Guide you through other steps of the divorce process

Our knowledgeable attorneys at The Family Matters Law Firm have years of experience helping Florida couples navigate alimony. Schedule a strategy session with our divorce attorney team today.

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