Florida Divorce Lawyers are responsible for negotiating financial settlements, such as alimony, on behalf and in the best interests of their client. However, we are also beholden to Florida statutes regarding alimony and must adhere to the laws governing spousal support. It is an unfortunate fact that these troubling economic times can make spousal support even more contentious, but the truth is the laws governing spousal support prohibit alimony payments that do not correspond to a demonstrated need. I work closely with all of my clients to better understand the needs of the spouse who is requesting alimony, as well as, the financial capabilities of the spouse being asked to make support payments.
As a Florida lawyer practicing in this area I know that the courts will determine spousal support based upon the following criteria:
2. Standard of living during the marriage
3. The length and duration of the marriage
4. The financial resources and assets of both parties
5. Age and physical condition of both parties
6. Contribution to the marriage in terms of support (worked while one went to school, childcare, career contribution, etc)
7. Time necessary to get a job, go back to school, etc.
How the court chooses to appropriate spousal support is based upon case law and has many options in regards to type of alimony and duration. They have the options ranging from temporary to permanent, or the court may choose to apply the alimony in a lump sum payment.
Florida Divorce Lawyers will attempt to create favorable spousal support agreements for their clients, and will usually work prior to a court appearance to negotiate a settlement with the other party as the courts can be fickle in interpretation of case law. I want to see a fair outcome in all family law settlements and will be a firm and aggressive advocate for just treatment.
The Law Practice of Beryl Thompson-McClary, P.A. provides consultation and legal support for divorce and child custody cases in the Orlando area. If you are a husband or father who is in need of a fierce advocate during your divorce or custody case, call The Law Offices of Beryl Thompson-McClary P.A. at: (888) 640-2999
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