Tampa Spousal Support Attorney
Financial support and a division of basic responsibilities are integral aspects of many marriages. Often, one spouse chooses to forgo education or pursuit of a career in order to support the other in his or her pursuits financially or by managing the home and parenting children. When a couple divorces, that spouse may require financial support to help them cover their expenses while they develop their earning potential and find a way to adequately support themselves.
In divorce proceedings, Florida courts will look at the financial circumstances of each spouse and make an award of spousal support, or alimony, if necessary. Florida courts have significant discretion in deciding whether and how much alimony to award and they consider many factors when doing so. Anyone seeking specific advice regarding their situation should contact Tampa spousal support attorney Paul E. Riffel as soon as possible to discuss case specifics and to receive valuable assistance.
What Factors Are Considered By The Court When Making An Alimony Determination?
Florida law allows courts to allow various types of alimony to either party, including bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational, or permanent alimony, or a combination of any of these types of alimony. Additionally, any award of alimony may be lump-sum, may involve periodic payments, or both.
The first determination made by the court when considering whether to award any spousal support is whether either party actually needs alimony and whether the other party has an ability to pay. If the judge determines that these conditions are met, the court may award alimony, considering the following factors:
- The standard of living enjoyed by the parties during the marriage;
- The length of the marriage;
- The age and physical condition of the parties;
- The financial resources of each party, including the assets and liabilities distributed to each;
- The potential of each party to earn a living and the time it would require it would take for either party to obtain sufficient training or education to obtain suitable employment;
- Each party’s contribution to the marriage, including domestic support;
- Each party’s parental responsibilities with regard to children they have in common;
- The tax consequences of an alimony award;
- The other sources of income each party may have available; and
- Any other factors that may be relevant to obtain a fair result.
Contact A Tampa Spousal Support Attorney Today To Retain Legal Representation
The outcome of a spousal support or alimony determinations can have a significant impact on your quality of life, whether you are the one paying support or the one receiving it. For this reason, it is important for people who are seeking to obtain or minimize a spousal support award to retain an attorney familiar with family law litigation in Florida. Additionally, if you have a current alimony order and wish to modify or challenge the order, we can assist you in seeking a spousal support modification. To schedule a consultation with Tampa spousal support attorney Paul Riffel, call our office today at 813-265-1185.