When Spousal Maintenance Or Support Is Called For
Have you been dependent on your husband or wife during your marriage? If so, divorce may seem extra frightening. If, instead, your spouse been dependent on you, you may worry about whether you will be taken to the cleaners through unreasonable demands for alimony (spousal maintenance or support). Thankfully, Florida’s family law statutes and courts take into account a wide range of reasonable parameters regarding potential spousal maintenance orders.
Hurdle & Hughes Attorneys at Law helps clients understand their likely situation with regard to spousal maintenance. Our attorneys can analyze your financial circumstances and let you know how your family law court judge will likely view your need for or ability to pay spousal maintenance, based on various factors cited in Florida’s laws, such as:
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The length of the marriage (short term – less than seven years; moderate length – seven to 17 years; or long term – 17 years or longer)
- The age and the physical and emotional condition of each spouse
- The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, employability and financial resources of each party, including assets that will be distributed to each in the divorce
- The contributions of each spouse to the marriage, including homemaking and educational support for each other
- Tax considerations
- Anything else relevant to equity and justice between the parties
If Spousal Maintenance Will Likely Be Included, Then What?
Alimony or spousal maintenance may be considered appropriate for a specified length of time, such as:
- Bridge-the-gap for short-term needs not to exceed two years
- Rehabilitative, to facilitate a plan for the development of capacity for self-support through training, education or work experience
- Durational, usually following a marriage of short or moderate length
- Permanent, most likely after a long-time marriage
Whether you are likely to be expected to pay or receive spousal maintenance after your Florida divorce, Hurdle & Hughes Attorneys at Law is here to advocate for your interests. We truly care about your future and your well-being.
We will do all that we can to support your position while your spousal maintenance question is being answered during your divorce negotiations or court proceedings. Our goal is to be your advocates and help you navigate the family law system during your divorce.
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