Alimony, also called spousal support, refers to the amount of money a former spouse is required to pay his or her ex during or after a divorce. It is not automatically awarded in all divorces. Instead, the party seeking alimony needs to make a compelling case why he or she should receive the payments. The idea behind alimony is to try to provide some financial stability to the party unable to support himself or herself after the marriage ends.Decades of Experience Protecting My Clients' Financial Interest
I am West Palm Beach alimony lawyer William Wallshein with more than 30 years of legal experience. I have handled highly contested alimony cases in Florida courts. I will fight to ensure that you are treated fairly, whether you are entitled to receive support or are obligated to pay. I aggressively protect my clients' rights, while encouraging you to discuss your concerns with me in a caring, open environment. My ability to blend a friendly approach with zealous advocacy is something on I pride myself on. Contact my divorce law firm to learn how I can protect your financial interests during a free consultation in West Palm Beach.How Is Alimony Determined in Florida?
Unlike child support, which is largely determined by mandatory guidelines, spousal support is largely up to the discretion of the judge. Many factors are considered, including:
- Need and ability
- Length of the marriage
- Age of both parties and their health care needs
- Likelihood the party seeking alimony can support themselves at a standard comparable to their marriage
- Each party's contribution to the marriage, in terms of child care, helping the other party build a career and services rendered in the home
- Number of dependents each party has
In a divorce proceeding, the following type of alimony arrangements can be awarded in Florida, such as:
- Rehabilitative alimony: Awarded for a specific time and designed to help the receiving spouse gain the education and skills needed to become self-supporting.
- Bridge-the-gap alimony: Awarded for two years or less, and designed to ease the transition from married to single life. This kind of alimony cannot be modified.
- Durational alimony: A new form of alimony, usually awarded when the marriage was short and when permanent alimony is not appropriate.
- Permanent alimony: Usually only awarded if the marriage lasted 17 years or more. It is not truly permanent; rather, it ends when the receiving spouse gets remarried or when either spouse dies.
Whether you are seeking or paying alimony, make sure your rights are protected. Call 561-533-1221 or contact my divorce law firm online to schedule a free consultation. My Palm Beach Gardens office is near I-95 and PGA Boulevard.