In each marriage, spouses share responsibilities. When a wife or husband stays home to watch the children or maintain the household, they are making a valuable contribution. However, a divorce can put the non-working spouse into financial crisis, especially if they’ve been unemployed for several years. Florida law offers several types of alimony to assist spouses who lack the earning ability necessary to maintain their standard of living. However, it might be tough to figure out what type of payments could be granted in your situation, or whether spousal support is merited at all. Whether you’re seeking support or are being asked to provide it, the skillful attorneys at Westchase Law P.A. in Tampa and Lutz will help you understand the applicable law as we advocate for a proper outcome.
Our experienced Hillsborough County family law attorneys are well versed in the different types of alimony that are available within the state, including:
In some cases, parties can reach a consensus about the amount and duration of spousal support. Should the matter go before the judge, the Florida Statutes require that all relevant factors be considered. Among them are the couple’s standard of living, the spouses’ earning capacity and each spouse’s contribution to the marriage, which can include homemaking services and support for the other’s education and/or career. Before you decide how to handle an alimony issue, our knowledgeable attorneys can assess your situation and outline how we can help you secure a fair outcome.
Should a change occur that substantially affects the appropriateness of an existing alimony order, a paying or recipient party can petition the court for a modification. Examples could be when a spouse providing support loses a job or when someone collecting payments unexpectedly comes into a significant amount of money. Whatever the reason, our firm can press for a reasonable change or oppose a modification that is not justified. We also represent spouses in enforcement actions when disagreements arise over compliance with alimony obligations.
Westchase Law P.A. advocates on behalf of clients during negotiations and litigation relating to alimony and other aspects of Florida divorce proceedings. To schedule a consultation regarding your options, please call 813-438-7114 or contact us online to make an appointment. Our offices are located in Tampa and Lutz.