Alimony

Alimony is payment to one spouse for his or her support. In Florida, alimony can be awarded while the divorce case is pending. This is called temporary alimony. Alimony can also be awarded at the conclusion of the divorce case. Florida courts award alimony when they make a finding that one spouse has the need for alimony and the other spouse has an ability to pay alimony.

The purpose of alimony is to provide for the needs of the spouse who cannot support himself or herself. Florida courts are gender neutral, meaning a male or female may receive some form of alimony.

In determining whether alimony should be awarded to one party, the court considers several different 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.
  • The financial resources of each party, including the nonmarital and the marital assets and liabilities distributed to each.
  • The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the parties and, when applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable such party to find appropriate employment.
  • The contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party.
  • The responsibilities each party will have with regard to any minor children they have in common.
  • The tax treatment and consequences to both parties of any alimony award, including the designation of all or a portion of the payment as a nontaxable, nondeductible payment.
  • All sources of income available to either party, including income available to either party through investments of any asset held by that party.
  • Any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the parties.

There are presently five different types of alimony: bridge-the-gap alimony, rehabilitative alimony, durational alimony, and permanent alimony.

1. Bridge-the-gap alimony

Bridge-the-gap alimony is designed to help one spouse make the transition from being married to being single. Bridge-the-gap alimony is awarded on a short term basis, up to 2 years.

2. Rehabilitative alimony

Rehabilitative alimony is given to one spouse to help that person obtain skills, education, or work experience necessary to develop appropriate employment skills or credentials. For example, if one spouse is seeking to earn a degree, the courts may award rehabilitative alimony to help achieve that goal.

3. Durational alimony

The purpose of durational alimony is to provide a party with economic assistance for a set period of time following a marriage of short or moderate duration or following a marriage of long duration if there is no ongoing need for support on a permanent basis. An award of durational alimony ends upon the death of either party or upon the remarriage of the party receiving alimony. The length of an award of durational alimony may not exceed the length of the marriage.

4. Permanent alimony

Permanent alimony may be awarded to provide for the needs and necessities of life as they were established during the marriage of the parties for a party who lacks the financial ability to meet his or her needs. Permanent alimony is typically reserved for marriages longer than 17 years or for marriages where one spouse could never provide for his or her needs. For example, permanent alimony may be granted for a marriage less than 17 years if one spouse is completely disabled from working.

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Andrew came highly recommended from a member of the Plantation Chamber of Commerce. From our first meeting, I knew he was the attorney I needed. Shortly thereafter, Todd joined forces with Andrew and my dream team was created. I am posting the same review for both Andrew and Todd, they are partners and worked hand in hand on my case. They clearly explained my exposure and all the potential risks in my case. They made sure I understood the law which enabled me to make the best decisions. They gave me the perfect balance, the yin & yang I needed to get thru the divorce. They are professional, know their stuff, know how to work the opposing council, when to come on strong and when to step back. They always told me I was the happiest person they ever saw go thru a divorce… I highly recommend both of them.

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Pamela

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Andrew came highly recommended from a member of the Plantation Chamber of Commerce. From our first meeting, I knew he was the attorney I needed. Shortly thereafter, Todd joined forces with Andrew and my dream team was created. I am posting the same review for both Andrew and Todd, they are partners and worked hand in hand on my case. They clearly explained my exposure and all the potential risks in my case. They made sure I understood the law which enabled me to make the best decisions. They gave me the perfect balance, the yin & yang I needed to get thru the divorce. They are professional, know their stuff, know how to work the opposing council, when to come on strong and when to step back. They always told me I was the happiest person they ever saw go thru a divorce… I highly recommend both of them.

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Very honest and straight forward. Returned every call I made to him. Made a stressful situation very easy. Would very highly recommend his services.

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Very honest and straight forward. Returned every call I made to him. Made a stressful situation very easy. Would very highly recommend his services.

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Todd is a no nonsense guy. He takes his profession to the highest standards of professionalism and the results speak for them selves. I would hire him again and again and am truly blessed he is part of my team.

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2016-12-05T00:38:51+00:00

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Todd is a no nonsense guy. He takes his profession to the highest standards of professionalism and the results speak for them selves. I would hire him again and again and am truly blessed he is part of my team.

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Andrew was friendly, honest and straightforward. He guided me through a tough situation and always acted in my best interest. I highly recommend Andrew.

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I don't often write reviews but I am happy to go out of my way to say a few words about Todd and his partner Andrew. I hired them and they were both hands on, professional and thorough. In the event of another emergency, they are on my speed-dial. Thank you both!

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I don't often write reviews but I am happy to go out of my way to say a few words about Todd and his partner Andrew. I hired them and they were both hands on, professional and thorough. In the event of another emergency, they are on my speed-dial. Thank you both!

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Thank you so much for helping me through this process......it was very good to have your advice and support.....I highly recommend your firm's service and professional attitude.....I know that you will have a great future..... sincerely yours.

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Thank you so much for helping me through this process......it was very good to have your advice and support.....I highly recommend your firm's service and professional attitude.....I know that you will have a great future..... sincerely yours.

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2016-10-01T12:23:29+00:00

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Two extremely knowledgeable attorneys who made you feel at ease during a difficult process. Would highly recommend them.

Their Law firm handled my divorce with utmost professional care….and logical advice. …


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"All of my questions were answered and I felt very comfortable. I will definitely be using Andrew."

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"I hired Andrew to represent me in my divorce after many years of marriage. Andrew was able to negotiate a very fair settlement. He was professional and easy to work with. I would highly recommend Andrew."

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Excellent experience with a long drawn out case. Andrew is very paper smart, crosses all the T's and dots all the I's. He'll get you there.

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Andrew is very professional and knowledgeable. He delivered exactly what he promised was going to do. everything went the way I expected. I highly recommend his services.

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Todd and his law firm were truly amazing. I usually do not write reviews but my experience with Todd was exceptional and he really helped me through every step of the process. Todd is an excellent lawyer and always took the time to explain everything with patience. He also responded promptly all my questions and concerns and settled my case to my satisfaction.


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Todd and his law firm were truly amazing. I usually do not write reviews but my experience with Todd was exceptional and he really helped me through every step of the process. Todd is an excellent lawyer and always took the time to explain everything with patience. He also responded promptly all my questions and concerns and settled my case to my satisfaction.

We got the end result we asked for and it’s a win for my daughter!

I hired Todd for a personal matter involving my child. He was able to step right in, give me the attention needed and draft the needed action letter. In the end, his actions worked, we got the end result we asked for and it's a win for my daughter!


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