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.
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:
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.
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.