If it is necessary, there are many ways that alimony can be structured. An experienced divorce lawyer like S.G. Morrow and Associates can advise you and answer your questions. We will help you determine what type of alimony, whether it is permanent, temporary, durational, or periodic, is right for you and your family. Our Alimony Attorney can help you.
Alimony and Spousal Support – Are you entitled?
Does one party need it?
Does the other party have the ability to pay?
Once it is determined that you are able to receive spousal support, the question of how much and for how long comes into play. The answer to these questions rests in both the tangible and the intangible, often going to the very heart of the marriage itself.
Are there children involved? How deep are they involved in child care?
Lump Sum Alimony: The paying party makes a single large lump-sum payment. This payment type is common when the earnings capacity of one party is questionable. This option is ideal for individuals who want to immediately move on with their lives or avoid the monthly reminder of their previous marriage.
Permanent Periodic Alimony: This type of spousal support is awarded on a monthly basis and will terminate upon the remarriage or death of the payee spouse. It is subject to modification based on changes in either spouse’s financial situation. In Florida, a permanent periodic alimony is generally given to marriages that lasted 17 years or longer.
Durational Alimony: Durational alimony is used when there are no other suitable options for the couple. It is a flexible payment time, one which cannot go longer than the length of time that the couple was married. There is the potential for modification to this type of agreement, but it does not affect the length of time agreed upon.
Bridge-the-Gap Alimony: This alimony is designed to help a needy spouse back “on their feet,” such as deposits for rent, electricity, and water. It is a short-term and cannot exceed a two-year period. This type of alimony is not modifiable in amount/duration and terminates after the two-year period, death of either party, or remarriage of alimony receiver.
Spousal Support Modifications
If there is a major change in the financial situation of either party, that person could apply to the court and petition for upward or downward modification of alimony. Major financial changes could include job loss, retirement, or medical issues.
At the Law Office of S. G. Morrow & Associates, our focus is on family law and immigration law. With more than 20 years of experience as Divorce Lawyer, we provide a unique blend of legal services for clients where these fields intersect, such as foreign marriages and divorces. Some of our major practice areas include :
We have worked with clients internationally to help them achieve the right plan for them. We believe that you know what’s best for you, and we will make sure your wishes are honored. If you need a spousal support or alimony lawyer in Hollywood or anywhere else in South Florida, contact us today for more information about our legal services. We speak both Spanish or English.