At Klein Law Group, our alimony attorneys in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale are dedicated to helping clients with their spousal support needs. Going through a divorce can be difficult, and issues related to alimony are often of major concern to couples.
Alimony refers to ongoing financial assistance that one spouse pays to another during or after a divorce to help provide for his or her living needs. Spousal support may be indicated when there is an income disparity between spouses and is intended to help the party with limited income with a way of maintaining a lifestyle similar to what he or she had been accustomed to during the marriage. This is a separate issue than asset division and child support.
When a couple goes through a divorce, the determination of alimony is one of the most difficult and emotionally stressful experiences of the entire process. This is the one area where couples tend to disagree, and even those that have otherwise maintained an amicable relationship throughout the divorce process tend to become confrontational when the topic of alimony arises. Alimony requires an ongoing financial commitment by one spouse to another and often causes conflict between two parties that are looking to go their separate ways. That is why it is important to have a lawyer on your side that you can trust. The compassionate guidance and strong representation that the lawyers at Klein Law Group offer can be an integral part of ensuring that your rights are protected and you receive the settlement you deserve.
Alimony Attorneys in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale
Alimony is a significant issue in many divorces in the state of Florida and can be one of the most contentious aspects of the process. Spousal support affects both parties and emotions run high. We handle all aspects of the process, including temporary alimony, permanent alimony, lump sum, and durational alimony. If you already have an agreement in place and require modifications to an existing alimony agreement due to the development of new circumstances, we can provide you with the guidance and representation you need to get the new terms you deserve.
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Our alimony attorneys in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale are conveniently located throughout the South Florida area. To receive a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us at 561-367-5166. During this meeting, we can provide you with answers to your questions and will discuss the unique aspects of your alimony case, offering you individualized advice and guidance.
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The determination of alimony can be the most difficult and emotionally draining part of the divorce process. Having an attorney on your side that is experienced with Florida law and is committed to protecting your best interests can go a long way in helping you get the settlement you deserve. Call the South Florida attorneys at Klein Law Group today at 561-367-5166 for caring, yet aggressive, guidance and representation. If you prefer, you can fill out the form on the side of this page and one of our experienced lawyers will call you back.
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Alimony is financial support paid by one spouse to another when the couple gets divorced. It can also be referred to as “spousal support”. Determination of spousal support is made separately from determination of child support.
Temporary alimony is financial support awarded to one spouse and paid by the other during the time in which the couple is going through the divorce process, prior to the final divorce hearing being held. Once the divorce hearing is held, permanent alimony, durational alimony, rehabilitative or “bridge the gap” alimony may be instituted.
An alimony arrangement can be drawn up by attorneys during the process and agreed to by divorcing parties. If agreement is reached, the alimony agreement is brought before a judge during the final divorce hearing for approval. If a divorcing couple cannot come to an agreement on the terms of alimony, the judge can make the final determination of whether to grant alimony and if so, how much alimony will be paid (and for how long), after being presented with evidence from both parties.
Determining the amount of alimony that a spouse receives in a divorce is a very individualized process and is based on a number of factors. Some of these may include: the length of the marriage, the ability of each spouse to earn money following the divorce, the current disparity in income between both spouses, the contribution of one spouse to the other’s career or education, the age and health of each spouse, the standard of living established during the marriage, and issues related to property ownership and debt. These factors will not only determine whether a spouse is eligible to receive alimony and how much that payment will be, but will also affect how long the alimony arrangement will last. No two cases are exactly alike, so determining alimony arrangements is a very complex and intricate process.
There is no guarantee of alimony when a couple gets divorced. Each and every case is unique and a determination needs to be made based on a large number of factors. Generally, however, the longer a couple is married, the more likely that one spouse will receive alimony from the other. Since the determination of alimony is such a difficult one, and one typically met with a great deal of opposition by the other party, it is best to have an experienced attorney provide you with legal advice and representation during the process.
In some cases, modifications can be made to an alimony agreement after an initial determination of alimony has been made. Modifications can arise based on a number of factors, but are most typical when the financial or employment situations of either party have changed or if a spouse that was considered to be employable when determining spousal support has not been successful in gaining employment.
Alimony arrangements are determined at the time of divorce by a judge and may last for varying durations, based on such factors as the length of the marriage and other financial considerations. The duration of payments will be made at the time the arrangement is finalized. However, if the party receiving alimony remarries or is determined to be in a supportive relationship, alimony may be terminated earlier than the agreed upon timeframe.
Alimony payments are taxable for the party receiving the alimony and tax deductible by the party paying alimony. This ensures that the money is only taxed once. However, tax issues can be rather complicated, so it is best to consult with a qualified tax professional about all issues related to taxation of alimony.
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