In marriages where one partner takes care of the household rather than working outside the home, divorce could create a financial hardship. If you’re concerned about covering your expenses after the marriage ends, or if your spouse is seeking alimony, counsel from an experienced family lawyer will help you prepare an effective strategy. Located in Boca Raton, Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Hermann represents husbands and wives in disputes over spousal maintenance and other aspects of divorce. Changes in federal tax law and proposed revisions to Florida alimony law could have a major effect on both paying and recipient spouses, so it’s important to obtain personalized advice from a dedicated matrimonial litigator.
Six types of alimony exist under Florida divorce law. In a free initial consultation, we’ll examine your situation thoroughly and detail which of these options might be considered in your case:
As society has evolved and earning ability rises for women, interest groups and lawmakers in Florida are debating whether major changes should be made to the alimony system. Some are advocating for reforms that eliminate permanent spousal support and make other shifts designed to reduce payments to former spouses. Our qualified family lawyers can detail you stand under the current framework and how proposed legislation might affect you.
Many elements go into decisions regarding the duration and amount of maintenance. Depending on the particular circumstances, it might not be awarded at all. Courts evaluate such factors as each party’s financial resources, the duration of the union, the parties’ earning ability, the marital standard of living and contributions that each spouse made during the marriage. Though Florida is a “no fault” divorce state, state law allows a court deciding on alimony to consider the adultery of either spouse and the circumstances in which it occurred. Our firm researches the relevant issues thoroughly and can advise how your case might turn out based on formulas generally used to calculate alimony payments. We make sure that important information is presented to the judge as we argue for a favorable result.
Certain types of alimony can be modified if a significant change occurs in the factors used to establish the initial award. Durational and permanent maintenance end if the spouse collecting payments gets remarried. A financial shift or a recipient ex-spouse’s decision to live with a new partner can justify a modification. Should a change in circumstances occur, we’ll advise you regarding the steps needed to seek or deny a modification. If a paying ex-spouse is not abiding by the language in the alimony order, we also handle enforcement actions.
Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman & Hermann advises divorcing spouses and other South Florida clients on a wide range of family law issues. If you have questions or concerns about alimony or other matters, please call 561-235-3286 or contact us online to make an appointment for a free consultation. Our office is in Boca Raton.