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Orlando Alimony & Spousal Support Lawyer Helps You Determine Fair Payments

Negotiating equitable solutions for both parties in divorce

Alimony is a payment ordered by the court as part of the divorce settlement from one spouse to another. Alimony can be awarded to women or men. The intention behind spousal support is to continue the financial support for the spouse who was financially supported during the marriage. If the husband was the one who gave up his career, stayed home to care for the children and maintain the household while the wife worked and supported the family financially, the case can be made for the husband to receive spousal support after the marriage ends. Attorney David Scott Glicken has more than 35 years of experience helping clients negotiate spousal support.

What types of alimony are available in Florida?

There are several types of alimony / spousal support under Florida law including:

  • Bridge-the-gap alimony, according to Florida law, is intended to serve as a form of support that will allow the other party to transition from being married to living as a single person. It does not exceed two years, and it cannot be modified in either the amount or the duration.
  • Rehabilitative alimony is designed to help an individual to establish the means for self-support through redeveloping previous skills, gaining new education, training or work experience. To qualify for rehabilitative alimony, the party must have a specific plan for acquiring the skills or credentials.
  • Durational alimony gives an individual some economic assistance for a specific period of time. It is difficult to modify the length of the award, and it cannot exceed the length of the marriage.
  • Permanent alimony is sometimes awarded after a marriage of long duration (longer than 17 years) to the party who is unable to be self-sufficient after the marriage. It terminates on the death of either party and upon the remarriage of the person receiving the alimony. If there is a significant change in circumstances the amount can be modified or terminated.

Florida law also allows for alimony and child support unconnected with the dissolution of marriage, which are basically court-ordered support payments from one spouse to another. If a married person has the financial resources to contribute to the support of the other and/or their minor children and the person fails to do so, the court can step in and order those payments.

In the process of high asset divorce, coming to an agreement on alimony payments can be a major point of contention. Attorney David Scott Glicken has handled countless divorces with clients from every socioeconomic background. He knows how to come to a fair settlement when one spouse is over reaching and asks for more than is reasonable, and when one spouse may be hiding or under reporting income to avoid paying a fair amount.

How are spousal support payments decided?

According to Florida law, the courts decide on alimony on a case-by-case basis. It is determined after the court has decided on the equitable distribution of marital assets and liabilities. There are several factors that go into how alimony is decided, which include such issues as the need for spousal maintenance and whether or not either party can pay. Other issues can include how long the couple was married, the age and physical condition of each party, the earning capacity, levels of education, skills and employability of each party, the contribution of each party to the marriage, and the responsibility each party will have with regard to caring for any minor children.

Depending on the type of support payments, alimony can be either temporary or permanent. The court can order periodic spousal support payments, lump-sum payments or both.

What are some factors that may affect alimony payments?

Some factors that might affect alimony payments include death of either party, remarriage of the party receiving the alimony or a significant change in income for either party. Spousal maintenance payments can be modified or terminated in the case of rehabilitative alimony if the person receiving the alimony is not complying with the plan or does not finish the course of education or training set forth in the plan.

Attorney David Scott Glicken understands that going through a divorce is a confusing time in your life. He has 35 years of experience helping people move through the conflict and emotional upheaval of ending a marriage and getting on with their new lives.

Contact an Orlando divorce attorney with the experience to negotiate a fair alimony settlement for you

If you qualify for alimony as part of your dissolution of marriage settlement, it is vital that you contact a divorce lawyer with the experience and skill to negotiate on your behalf and protect your rights. Call The Glicken Law Firm today at (407) 648-5400 today, or contact us online to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

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