Florida Alimony Attorney Ensures Your Interests Are Protected
Knowledgeable attorney helps clients in the Tampa area to achieve fair spousal support decisions
When you and your spouse divorce, there are a number of decisions that will have a long-term impact on your quality of life. Whether you and your partner try to neogotiate an agreement on your own or take your disputes to a Florida court, the question of whether alimony should be provided can be highly contested. Gary S. Dolgin Attorney at Law, has extensive knowledge of the laws governing spousal support and represent parties seeking payments as well as those who are being asked to provide them. No matter the particular circumstances, I work diligently to achieve an appropriate result for clients in the Tampa area and across Florida.
Committed Florida counselor looks out for clients’ financial security
When determining whether or not alimony should be granted, how much should be awarded and for how long, judges are required to consider the factors contained in Florida Statute 61.08:
- The standard of living established during the marriage.
- The duration of the marriage.
- The age and the physical and emotional condition of each party.
- The financial resources of each party, including the nonmarital and the marital assets and liabilities distributed to each.
- The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the parties and, when applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable such party to find appropriate employment.
- The contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party.
- The responsibilities each party will have with regard to any minor children they have in common.
- The tax treatment and consequences to both parties of any alimony award, including the designation of all or a portion of the payment as a nontaxable, nondeductible payment.
- All sources of income available to either party, including income available to either party through investments of any asset held by that party.
- Any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the parties.
Retaining a skillful alimony attorney can help you convince the court that you need support, increasing the chance that alimony will be awarded. Alternatively, I can also work to convince the judge that your ex does not need spousal support or needs less than he or she asked for.
I advise clients on the types of alimony that are relevant to their divorce, which may include:
- Temporary alimony — Meant to provide support during divorce proceedings, temporary alimony helps recipient spouses address their financial needs until the case is resolved.
- Permanent alimony — Permanent alimony may be given to a spouse who is seriously ill or who is unable for another reason to earn enough income to maintain their standard of living. It is more likely to exist at the end of a long marriage where one party didn’t work outside the home. Permanent alimony is not necessarily permanent, as alimony can be modified if either party can prove a substantial change in circumstances has occurred since the entry of the Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage.
- Durational alimony – Durational alimony must be awarded when permanent periodic alimony is inappropriate to provide a party with economic assistance for a set period of time following a marriage of short or moderate duration. It may also be awarded following a marriage of long duration if there is “no ongoing need for support on a permanent basis.” Except under exceptional circumstances, the length of the award may not exceed the length of the marriage.
- Rehabilitative alimony – Rehabilitative alimony may be awarded to assist a party in becoming self-supporting through redevelopment of previous skills or acquisition of new skills through training, education, or work experience. As specifically a rehabilitation plan must be included in any order awarding rehabilitative alimony.
- Bridge the Gap Transitional alimony – Bridge the Gap alimony is intended to assist a party by providing support to allow a party to make the transition from being married to being single. It is intended to assist the party with short-term needs and may not exceed two years in duration. An award of Bridge the Gap alimony terminates upon the death of either party or remarriage of the recipient. It may not be modified in either amount or duration.
- Lump Sum alimony – Lump Sum alimony is a payment of a fixed and definite sum and is in the nature of a final settlement between the parties. Lump Sum alimony is a vested right that is not subject to any increase, reduction, or termination in the event of contingency, even death or remarriage. To award Lump Sum alimony, the court must find proof of special circumstances where other forms alimony is not available or appropriate.
Gary S. Dolgin Attorney at Law will work with you to determine what type(s) of alimony might be granted in your situation. From there, I’ll advocate on your behalf to secure the best result possible.
Committed attorney handles alimony disputes and modifications
My clients are often concerned about whether they will be required to pay alimony if their circumstances change. Others come to me if they are not receiving the alimony payments specified by the order. At Gary S. Dolgin Attorney at Law, we can petition the court to modify an alimony award and assist clients with enforcement actions when the other party fails to pay on time or at all.
Contact an experienced Florida family law attorney for alimony assistance
At Gary S. Dolgin Attorney at Law, I am dedicated to working toward a favorable alimony result for the clients I represent throughout Florida. Call me at 813-223-3200 or contact me online to schedule a consultation with me at my Tampa office.