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Boca Raton Alimony Lawyer

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, contact our experienced Boca Raton alimony lawyers today.

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: temporary alimony, bridge-the-gap alimony, rehabilitative alimony, durational alimony, and permanent alimony.

1. Temporary alimony

Also known as alimony pendente lite, the judge can order one spouse to pay alimony to the other while the divorce proceedings are on-going.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

Get Help with Boca Raton Alimony Matters in Divorce

For advice and representation regarding seeking or challenging alimony in your Florida divorce, contact Boca Raton alimony lawyers Wise Lieberman, PLLC.

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