Tampa Alimony Attorneys
Consistent with the modernization of the role women play within the family and the workplace, the historical assumption that women automatically have the right to receive alimony (often referred to as spousal support) after a divorce has changed dramatically. Current divorce law recognizes that neither spouse necessarily requires additional financial support after divorce or that either spouse may need temporary or permanent assistance to maintain a reasonable lifestyle.
In 2010, the Florida House of Representatives enacted new laws to better reflect current conditions. The Tampa alimony lawyers at Westchase Law, P.A. recognize the importance the new laws have on our clients, and we make sure we consider these changes as we guide you toward a fresh start.
New provisions to Florida alimony law
Florida law has been revised to recognize changes in the type and degree of alimony needs and to account for predictable situational changes that can affect alimony needs in the future. Here are just a few of the major provisions of the law:
- Determination of need and ability to pay: The courts are required to first determine if either party needs financial support—and, if so, if the other party has the ability to pay support.
- Calculation of the amount and duration of alimony to be paid: A complex set of standards are applied to determine the amount and the period during which alimony is to be paid. In addition to assessing the standard of living established during the marriage, the court looks at earning capacity, education and vocational skills, physical and mental condition, employability of both parties, and their financial resources. Of course, these are just a few factors considered—courts are instructed to look at all factors that ensure equity and justice between the parties.
- Definition of varying types of alimony: The law considers the length of a marriage and permits a number of different types of alimony, including permanent alimony, bridge-the-gap alimony, rehabilitative alimony, and durational alimony.
How the new law applies depends on when your divorce is granted—the rules may differ for divorces granted prior to July 1, 2010. The attorneys at Westchase Law, P.A. in Tampa have extensive knowledge of the intricacies behind the laws and apply them appropriately to preserve all your rights to alimony, regardless of the date of your divorce.
Get skilled legal support from compassionate alimony lawyers in Tampa
While the recent changes to Florida divorce law were implemented to more accurately reflect changing roles within a marriage, it is critical to retain a divorce attorney who understands how to ensure your rights are protected. For compassionate and professional attention, contact Westchase Law, P.A., a private law firm in Tampa. During your initial consultation, we assess your case and help you understand your legal options.