Spousal Support / Alimony
In many marriages, there is a disparity of income and earning potential between the spouses. Thus, in many divorces, one spouse will be at a financial disadvantage and will lack sufficient means of support. Florida law allows a court to order one spouse to pay the other spouse alimony if it finds that alimony is warranted under the facts of the case. If you are planning to pursue a divorce, it is important to retain an assertive attorney who will fight to protect your rights. Cindy D. Sackrin is a Hollywood spousal support lawyer who will set forth compelling arguments on your behalf to help you seek a favorable result.
Attorney Sackrin is a board-certified specialist in Marital and Family Law. She has substantial trial experience in the Florida family courts. Ms. Sackrin has an office in Hallandale Beach, and she represents clients in family law matters throughout South Florida.Factors Considered in Granting Alimony
There are numerous factors that Florida courts weigh in determining whether to grant alimony. For example, the court will assess the standard of living to which each spouse is accustomed and the financial resources and income earning potential of each spouse. The court will also assess non-economic factors, such as the length of the marriage and the age and emotional and physical condition of each party. Additionally, the court will look at the services that each spouse contributed during the course of the marriage, such as raising a child, furthering the career of the other spouse, and homemaking. If you intend to seek a divorce, an experienced spousal support attorney in the Hollywood area can advise you on whether alimony may be appropriate.Types of Alimony in Florida
While many people think of alimony solely as lifelong payments made by one spouse to the other spouse following the end of a marriage, Florida allows for multiple types of alimony. Permanent alimony consists of payments made by one spouse to the other spouse until either spouse dies or the spouse receiving permanent alimony remarries. Permanent alimony also can be terminated or modified upon a showing of a substantial change in circumstances or if the person receiving alimony resides with a non-relative who provides financial support to that person.
Permanent alimony will be granted if one spouse lacks the financial means to fulfill his or her needs. Permanent alimony will be granted following a marriage of long duration, which is 17 years or longer, if the court finds that it is appropriate. It may only be granted following a marriage of moderate duration, which lasts seven to 17 years, if it is proven by convincing and clear evidence that it is necessary. Lastly, permanent alimony will only be granted following marriages that lasted less than seven years under exceptional circumstances.
A Hollywood spousal support attorney also may be able to help you seek durational alimony, which is alimony paid for a specific period of time. Durational alimony is meant to provide one spouse with economic assistance in cases in which permanent alimony is not warranted. The length of time for which a person receives durational alimony cannot exceed the length of the marriage.
In some cases, a court will grant bridge-the-gap alimony, which is designed to support the party receiving alimony during the transition to being single after the marriage. Bridge-the-gap alimony will be granted in cases in which there are legitimate short-term needs.
Lastly, rehabilitative alimony may be granted to assist one spouse in attaining the ability to be self-sufficient by developing skills or obtaining training or education. Rehabilitative alimony is only granted in cases in which there is a clearly delineated rehabilitative plan.Speak with a Knowledgeable Family Law Attorney
It is not uncommon for one spouse to seek alimony in a divorce action. If you are contemplating ending your marriage, it is wise to speak with a knowledgeable spousal support lawyer in the Hollywood area regarding whether alimony may be granted in your divorce. Attorney Cindy D. Sackrin regularly represents people in family law matters in Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Aventura, North Miami Beach, Miami Lakes, Weston, Coral Springs, and Pembroke Pines. You can reach Ms. Sackrin via the online form or at 888-522-9145 to set up a free and confidential meeting regarding your case.