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Navigating Post-Divorce Financial Support

Under Florida law, an individual may be able to obtain support from their ex-spouse following their divorce. This is known as alimony or spousal support. The amount and duration of time that this support is provided depends on a number of different factors. These factors can range anywhere from the financial standing of the dependent spouse to the salary of the supportive spouse.

Givens Givens Sparks has guided countless individuals through the complex process of obtaining an alimony agreement. Whether you are the supportive or dependent spouse, we are here to assist you during this time.

Tell our Tampa divorce attorneys more about your case by calling (813) 756-1871.

What Factors Will the Court Consider?

An alimony agreement can be reached by spouses prior to divorce, however, if they cannot reach mutual terms, a judge will have to decide on alimony. The family law court will take several factors into consideration when trying to determine the appropriate alimony agreement.

For example, the judge may review the following:

  • How long the couple was married
  • The contribution each spouse made to their marriage
  • Each spouse’s role in the marriage
  • The available financial resources for each spouse
  • The physical, emotional, and mental health of each spouse
  • The standard of living provided during marriage

While the court has the power to craft an alimony agreement they think is best for the situation, having a skilled divorce lawyer on your side can help ensure your rights and best interests are protected.

What Types of Alimony Can be Awarded?

Florida allows for several different types of alimony to be awarded in a divorce. Our legal team at Givens Givens Sparks has a firm grasp on all types of spousal support available to our clients. When you come to us, we can assess your situation and help you understand the alimony options available to you. Our goal is to guide you through the alimony agreement in a smooth manner, whether your case must go to trial or not. We also work to see that you are given the appropriate type of alimony.

The following are the types of alimony that can be ordered in a divorce:

  • Permanent Periodic Alimony – Often paid on a monthly basis, this type of alimony helps one individual maintain their standard of living enjoyed during this marriage. This is typically ordered when a longer marriage comes to an end.
  • Rehabilitative Alimony – Awarded when one individual had to sacrifice their career or professional standing due to their marriage. It allows them a window of time to regain their footing.
  • Bridge-the-Gap Alimony – This can be a one-time payment or last several months as an ex-spouse adjusts to their new living status.
  • Durational Alimony – After a shorter marriage, this type of alimony may be awarded for a set period of time to help the dependent spouse adjust and get back on their feet.
  • Lump Sum Alimony – If a spouse prefers a one-time payment, a lump sum may be awarded (often done through a distribution of assets).
  • Temporary Alimony – During the divorce, one spouse may be awarded temporary alimony to help them get through the financial strain of the divorce. Permanent alimony may still be awarded.

Our office is home to the two attorneys who co-authored the chapter on alimony that is published in the Dissolution of Marriage Manual offered to members of the Florida Bar. This is a testament to our qualifications to handle complex and heated alimony matters. Let us utilize our experience and success achieving favorable alimony agreements to benefit your divorce case.

Contact a Tampa alimony attorney at Givens Givens Sparks to get reliable representation. We can review your situation and provide insightful legal counsel.

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