If you are considering divorce, one party may be entitled to alimony.

The court may order several different kinds of alimony. Many factors determine whether or not alimony is appropriate and, if so, for what duration and in what amount. The primary considerations are one spouse’s need for support and the other spouse’s ability to pay, and that determination is completely gender neutral. We can help with temporary, permanent, rehabilitative, durational and lump-sum alimony issues.

The attorneys at The Office of Linda A. Bailey work passionately toward solutions that help clients reach resolutions in the most professional manner possible.

Alimony. Because of the considerable amount of discretion and large number of factors a court can consider in reaching a determination of what amount and duration of support is appropriate, experienced, thoughtful and creative counsel can often be of significant assistance to help a client achieve the best possible result.

Unlike child support calculations, which follow formulas and abide by strict guidelines, the amount of alimony you may receive depends on several factors that include but are not limited to those listed in Fla. Stat. Ann. § 61.08 (West):
  • 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.

Divorce can be arduous for all parties involved, and it can be made even more difficult by complex and ever-changing Florida divorce laws, such as those which have recently occurred in the area of alimony. The attorneys at The Office of Linda A. Bailey stay current on all of the legal changes and have significant experience in negotiating and litigating alimony issues. We bring that knowledge and experience to bear on behalf of our clients.

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