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Largo Alimony Lawyer

Alimony, or spousal support, is the monetary support that the higher earning spouse owes the lower earning spouse during or after divorce in order to maintain the lower earning spouse’s previous level of life comfort that they grew accustomed to during the marriage. Spousal support also allows the lower earning spouse time for educational training and time to find employment that will meet their future needs of being self-sufficient. Contact our experienced Largo alimony lawyers today for more information.

Assisting Lower Earning Spouses Seek Justice

The lower earning spouse may have foregone a career of their own to raise children, been the homemaker, or assisted the higher earning spouse in their career. And while men are allowed to collect alimony just as are women, the majority of alimony is awarded to women for a variety of reasons: women are paid less in the workplace and mothers face discrimination by employers, according to a Cornell study and reported on by Business Insider. Statistically, women are still more encouraged to put their job second and raise children first, as opposed to social pressures that encourage the opposite for fathers.

Legal Counsel for Higher Earning Spouses

Spousal support must be fair to both parties, including the higher earning spouse. It is unfair for the higher earning spouse to be handed a high alimony judgement that will keep them in the red for years to come. An attorney can help ensure a fair judgement for the higher earning spouse.

The Five Types of Alimony

There are five common types of alimony that a court may award in Florida, and they are based on the above factors including the needs of the lower earning spouse:

  • Rehabilitative Alimony: Alimony may be awarded to pay for vocational training, going back to school, or other job-related purposes to assist the lower earning spouse to become self-sufficient;
  • Lump-Sum Alimony: Lump-sum alimony is a one-time payment to the lower earning spouse;
  • Durational Alimony: Alimony set for a specific number of months or years is called durational alimony; and
  • Permanent Alimony: Spousal support is sometimes permanent when the lower earning spouse does not have a likely chance of becoming self-sufficient due to age or illness. Throughout the last 10 years, permanent alimony’s existence has continually been threatened by Florida lawmakers, but still exists as of now.

Determining Type of Scope of Alimony in Florida

The following characteristics of the marriage and each spouse are used to determine the type of alimony and the amount:

  • Duration of marriage;
  • Standard of living during the marriage;
  • Assets and income of each spouse;
  • Contributions each spouse brought to the marriage, including non financial contributions;
  • Age, health, and ability of each spouse to find appropriate employment;
  • Length of time needed for the lower earning spouse to gain education and employment; and
  • More.

Call a Largo Alimony Lawyer Today

 Both higher earning spouses as well as lower earning spouses will benefit from an experienced attorney’s counsel. For legal assistance, call the Largo alimony lawyerss of Cairns Law today at 727-683-1472.

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