Pasco County Alimony Attorney
Initial Agreements & Modifications
Divorce is one of the most stressful life events a person can experience, but if you’ve been out of the workforce, or underemployed while your spouse has brought in the majority of your household income, you’re probably also wondering how you get back the years of earning potential you’ve sacrificed for your marriage, and how you’ll ever break back into the workforce and restart your career.
Divorce courts in Pasco County understand your situation well, and allow several forms of alimony to help replace lost income after a divorce. There are a number of factors that will influence the ultimate award, but in general, the lower-earning spouse in a divorce can expect some degree of ongoing support.
This can include a temporary alimony award, known as Pendente Lite, that will see you through the divorce itself. Pendente Lite alimony will end at the conclusion of the divorce, where it may be replaced with one of several forms of alimony available in Florida.
At the Dale L. Bernstein Law Offices in New Port Richey, Florida, you can count on experienced, informed legal counsel to help make sure that you have everything you need to move on after your divorce.
Alimony is Gender-Neutral
Most people have an outdated understanding of alimony. You should know that alimony decisions are not based on gender – so if you’ve been a stay-at-home dad or simply earned less than your spouse, you can petition for alimony to help you get back on your feet after the divorce. What matters is your financial picture, not your gender.
Because of greater equity in education and the workforce, it’s increasingly common for the wife in a marriage to earn more than a husband. Men have the same rights to alimony that women do, and when you require time after your divorce to build yourself back up, alimony is there for you.
Length of Marriage
The duration of your marriage will play a large role in how the court decides the alimony award. Short-term marriages are those that have lasted less than seven years, and in most cases, an alimony award, if any, will be “durational,” “rehabilitative,” or “bridge-the-gap.”
These approaches are meant to create a time period where the lower-earning spouse can re-enter the workforce, gain additional educational achievements, or simply restructure their financial situation to allow for a comfortable life after the marriage ends. These types of awards will be paid for a fixed period, not to exceed the length of the marriage.
In medium-term marriages, which have lasted between 7-17 years, the court may find that the petitioner’s potential earning power has been eroded enough to justify a more significant alimony. This may include permanent alimony if the court believes that the lower-earning spouse can never become self-sufficient. In divorces where age or health concerns are an issue, permanent alimony may be an option.
Experienced Alimony & Divorce Help in New Port Richey
Every marriage is unique, and so is every divorce. When it comes to understanding your options at the end of your marriage, modifications to existing Alimony agreements, or pursuing an ex-spouse for not paying alimony, call the Dale L. Bernstein Law Offices at 727-478-3250 for a consultation with an experienced New Port Richey alimony and divorce attorney.