Boynton Beach Alimony

Are you considering filing for divorce? Do you want more information about alimony? Contact Alan R. Burton, Attorney at Law for more information about these and other family law issues. For more than 35 years, I have been helping clients handle complicated and sensitive legal issues. I understand the difficulties you may be going through, and can help you meet your legal goals. At my firm, every client receives legal advice tailored to his or her situation. I spend time getting to know my clients and understanding their circumstances. For experience you can trust, contact me today for a free initial consultation.

Seeking Alimony in Boynton Beach Divorces

Alimony, also called spousal support, is financial payment made from one spouse to the other. In some cases, alimony may be awarded on a temporary basis while the divorce is pending. A spouse may also be ordered to continue paying alimony once the divorce is finalized. Not surprisingly, alimony is often is a contentious issue in divorce cases. The judge presiding over your divorce case has a great deal of discretion regarding alimony. He or she will consider multiple factors when determining whether alimony is appropriate in your case. Some of these factors include:

  • The length of the marriage (short-term, moderate-term, or long-term);
  • Each spouse’s age and health;
  • Standard of living in the marriage;
  • Each spouse’s financial assets and sources of income;
  • Each spouse’s earning capacity and education level; and
  • Any financial responsibilities for the parties’ children (if any).

Once the judge decides that a spouse is eligible to receive alimony, they must next decide what type of alimony to award. Recent changes to Florida law define four distinct types of alimony:

  • Bridge-the gap alimony : designed to ease the transition from married to single;
  • Rehabilitative alimony : intended to help the party become financially self-sufficient;
  • Durational alimony : created in 2010 and can be awarded for a limited amount of time; and
  • Permanent alimony : alimony awarded for an unlimited amount of time (that may be modified later with court approval).

Again, the judge considers multiple factors when determining what type of alimony a spouse receives. One especially important factor is the length of the marriage. How long the couple was married determines whether the court will consider it a short-term, moderate-term, or long-term marriage. A short-term marriage is one that lasts less than seven years. A moderate-term marriage lasts over seven and up to 17 years, while a long-term marriage lasts more than 17 years. In most cases, permanent alimony will only be awarded if the marriage was long-term.

Boynton Beach Alimony Attorney Can Help You Today

Alimony awards are made based on the specifics facts of each case. Every divorce case is different, and you will need an experienced family lawyer to present your facts in court when requesting alimony. I have represented countless clients in the past 35 years, and always strive for success. I approach every case with dedication and a strong base of legal knowledge. Take a positive step and contact me today to schedule a free consultation. We will work closely together throughout the whole process, from initial filing to final resolution. For your convenience, you can contact me online, at the office (954-229-1660), or on my cell phone (954-295-9222).