Alimony Lawyer in Tampa.
We at Cohen & DePaul understand that you might have mny questions about whether you or your spouse will be entitled to alimony. This can be a very difficult and confusing time for you and your family. That is why we serve families and individuals who have family law and divorce issues, INCLUDING ALIMONY ISSUES throughout Tampa Bay. Jeanine Cohen and Wendy DePaul, our Tampa divorce lawyers, have extensive experience and knowledge in the practice of law. She handles all legal aspects of divorce, including alimony as well as the following:
Grounds for dissolution
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The family law attorneys at Cohen & DePaul, P.A. are experienced attorneys who can handle all aspects of alimony. We understand the many questions you may be having at this time. Should you seek an explanation of the issues involved, or if you have questions, please contact our alimony lawyer and we will schedule a consultation to address your concerns. (813) 606-4446. We understand that going through a divorce or other family law matter can be an extremely sensitive and difficult time, and our first priority is to answer your questions, carefully explain the law to you as it relates to your unique situation, and to formulate a plan of action to best represent your interests and protect your rights.
DID YOU KNOW?
Florida law allows for alimony when the circumstances are appropriate. There are basically four types: permanent periodic alimony, rehabilitative alimony, transitional alimony and lump sum alimony. If you have questions about your divorce and alimony situation, please contact our Tampa alimony lawyers at Cohen & DePaul.
Alimony factors. There are a number of factors for alimony considered by the Courts pursuant to Florida Statute section 61.08:
a) The standard of living established during the marriage.
b) The duration of the marriage.
c) The age and the physical and emotional condition of each party.
d) The financial resources of each party, the nonmarital and the marital assets and liabilities distributed to each.
e) When applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable such party to find appropriate employment.
f) The contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party.
g) All sources of income available to either party.
Permanent period alimony. If, at the end of a marriage, one spouse is unable to maintain the standard of living experienced during the marriage, the court can require the other spouse to pay that spouse a monthly amount so that the requesting spouse can better meet that standard of living. Permanent periodic alimony is typically reserved for long term marriages. There is no specific cutoff for what constitutes a long term marriage. A few decades ago, you had to be married for twenty years or more to qualify. Now it is frequently awarded in marriages in the fourteen year range and sometimes even less. The payments are tax deductible to the paying spouse and taxable to the receiving spouse for federal income taxation purposes and end upon the death of either party or the remarriage of the receiving spouse. A fairly recent statute even allows for modification or termination of alimony if the receiving spouse is in a “supportive relationship” with another person.
Rehabilitative alimony. In a situation where the needy spouse can take steps to improve that spouse’s income, the court may award rehabilitative alimony until the steps have been successful. An example would be the situation where a nurse has let her license lapse while staying home during the marriage. The nurse may need financial assistance from the other spouse for six months of living and educational expenses while the nurse attends school to requalify for a nursing license and find a job.
Transitional alimony. Sometimes a spouse does not qualify for permanent periodic or rehabilitative alimony, but simply needs a one-time payment of money to make the transition from married life to single life. This may be accomplished by an award of transitional alimony to allow the spouse sufficient funds to hire a moving van or make a down payment on a new dwelling.
Lump sum alimony. Sometimes division of property is described as “lump sum alimony” when it is not really alimony at all, but merely part of the equitable distribution of assets and debts. Other times, the phrase is used to describe a one-time payment of what would otherwise be considered permanent periodic alimony.
The information provided is general in nature and may not apply to your situation. Do not act upon it without first consulting an attorney.