New Port Richey Alimony Attorney
Helping You Understand Your Spousal Support Rights
Whether you are thinking of filing for spousal support or your former spouse asked you for it, make sure to seek the counsel and representation of the New Port Richey alimony lawyer at the Dale L. Bernstein, Chartered Law Office. With over 35 years of legal experience, we are well-versed in Florida family law and all its nuances. We can confidently navigate you through every step of the process and help you understand your rights so that you can make smart and informed decisions for you and your family. When you have our firm as your representation, we are committed to advocating for your best interests.
Looking to file for spousal support? Give us a call at (727) 312-1112 or contact us online to get started with your case!
Types of Alimony in Florida
Alimony or spousal support is a form of financial assistance that one spouse pays to the other during the divorce proceeding or for some period of time following a final divorce to help maintain the lifestyle that both spouses have gotten used to.
There are five different types of alimony, which include:
- Temporary- Alimony that is given while the divorce proceeding is pending. This type of alimony automatically ends as soon as the divorce is final.
- Bridge-the-gap- Alimony that is given to help a spouse settle in with the new lifestyle after the divorce. This type of alimony is short-term with a maximum duration of two years.
- Rehabilitive- Alimony that is given for the specific purpose of helping a spouse acquire the necessary training or education for employment.
- Durational- If the other types of alimony are deemed insufficient to support the spouse, durational alimony is awarded. However, the duration lasts only as long as the marriage.
- Permanent- If the economic need of the spouse is likely to be permanent, this type of alimony is awarded. This usually happens to couples with one spouse that lacks the ability to become self-supporting.
What Are the Factors That Determine the Type & Amount of Alimony?
In deciding whether spousal support is necessary during or after the divorce, the court considers several factors. The spouse requesting for alimony should meet the standards required by the court to show that financial support is necessary.
Below are all the relevant factors that the court considers in determining alimony:
- Established marital lifestyle
- Years or duration of the marriage
- Age of both spouses including their physical and emotional health
- Financial resources of each party, including all assets distributed to each
- Ability to earn income, level of education, vocational skills, and employability of both parties
- If applicable, the time for either party to acquire sufficient training or education for employment
- Contribution of each party to the marriage, including each spouse’s input when it comes to child care, homemaking, and career building of each spouse
- Specific roles that each party will play concerning their minor children
- Payment of the required taxes after alimony is granted
- All sources of income including investments, stocks, and other assets
- Debts of both parties
- Other factors that can help both parties be in equal situations
Speak with a New Port Richey Lawyer Dedicated to Alimony Today
Reach out to Dale L. Bernstein, Chartered Law Office today to get started with your case. Our legal team is prepared to answer all your questions and concerns about alimony and other legal aspects of your divorce. When you entrust your case to us, you can be sure that we are prepared to go above and beyond to help you obtain the most favorable outcome possible.