Tampa Alimony Lawyers
The dissolution of a marriage brings with it several emotional, psychological, and financial challenges. The laws of Florida and the state’s court system are in place to ensure that those challenges—including financial issues—are resolved in a way that is fair to all parties. This process includes the initial division of the marital assets and debts to the potential for long-term payment of alimony to a financially disadvantaged spouse.
If you have questions about alimony, our family law attorneys have answers. Mr. Caveda has been helping residents of Tampa, Tampa Bay, and Hillsborough County since 1992. He has earned the prestigious rating of AV Preeminent® by Martindale Hubbell® which is an acknowledgment of outstanding professionalism and high ethical standards, putting your case in truly competent hands.
Determining Alimony in Florida
Alimony refers to the money payments made from one spouse to another following a divorce. Either a husband or a wife can be required to pay alimony. Alimony may consist of a single lump-sum payment or a series of payments for months or years. When determining whether alimony payments are appropriate following a divorce, a judge will consider a variety of factors.
In the State of Florida, these factors include:
- The length of the marriage.
- The standard of living maintained during the marriage.
- The financial assets of each spouse.
- The contributions of each spouse during the marriage (financial and non-financial).
- The financial obligations incurred during the marriage.
- The amount of time expected for the non-employed spouse to enter the workforce/become financially independent.
- The ability and needs of each party.
It is important to distinguish between spousal support and alimony. When divorce proceedings begin, a temporary order of spousal support may be established to provide support to one spouse until a final settlement is reached. Alimony, on the other hand, is part of the final settlement. In virtually all cases, alimony payments will cease should the party receiving payments remarry.
The state of Florida recognizes that the lives of divorced spouses may change in the years following a court order for alimony. Thus, courts permit modifications of orders for temporary, periodic “permanent,” durational, and rehabilitative alimony when a “substantial change in circumstances” has occurred in the lives of the parties. However, modifications cannot be ordered for lump-sum and bridge-the-gap alimony or orders specified by the court as non-modifiable.
Circumstances that may warrant court approval for the modification of alimony could include:
- A reduction in income on the part of the paying spouse
- Retirement of the paying spouse
- Disability suffered by the paying spouse
To determine if you have a viable case for an alimony modification, turn to our Tampa alimony lawyers for a thorough review of your case.
We Can Help
Divorce is a difficult and often emotionally charged process. Despite the desire to see matters resolved as quickly as possible, it is important to remember that the terms reached during the process will have far-reaching consequences. If you are contemplating or beginning a divorce and believe that you may be entitled to alimony payments, you should contact a knowledgeable divorce attorney as soon as possible. Likewise, if you believe you may be responsible for alimony payments, you owe it to yourself to make sure that your rights and interests are protected. Our firm is ready to guide you through the complex alimony process.
Contact Caveda Law Firm online or at (813) 819-7444 to schedule a free initial consultation with a Tampa alimony attorney. Hablamos español.