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Alimony was designed to support a financially dependent spouse during and/or after a divorce until the recipient becomes self-sufficient. The amount and duration of available alimony varies greatly for each couple depending upon the factors. Determining what works best for you may require the attention of an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer at Elaine M. Simon, Marital and Family Law Attorneys.

Types of Alimony awarded are:

·         Bridge the Gap Alimony: This type of alimony is paid to help the receiving spouse make the transition from marriage to being single.

·         Rehabilitative Alimony: This type of alimony in Florida is more typically awarded in medium length marriages and short-term marriages. Rehabilitative alimony may be awarded to assist a party in establishing the capacity for self-support through either: the redevelopment of previous skills or credentials; or the acquisition of education, training, or work experience necessary to develop appropriate employment skills or credentials.

·         Durational Alimony: This type of Alimony is to provide a party with economic assistance for a set period of time following a marriage of short or moderate duration, or following a marriage of long duration, if there is no longer a need of support on a permanent basis. The length of the durational alimony may not exceed the length of the marriage.

·         Permanent Alimony:  An award of permanent alimony terminates upon the death of either party or upon the remarriage of the party receiving alimony.  An award may be modified or terminated based upon a substantial change in circumstances or upon the existence of a supportive relationship.

·         Temporary Alimony: Payments that are made to support the cost of the divorce proceedings.

·         Lump Sum Alimony: A onetime lump sum payment.

·         Nominal Alimony: Preserves your right to request alimony in the future.  A person entitled to alimony, whose spouse may be unable to pay at that time may modify a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage in the future, should the payors spouse’s income change.

The issue of spousal support, maintenance, or alimony, is a difficult subject in many divorce cases. Alimony creates a debtor/creditor relationship between you and your spouse and leaves a lasting connection between the both of you until the obligation for alimony ends. Elaine M. Simon, Marital and Family Law Attorneys are experienced in collaborating with a forensic accountant and/or vocational evaluator, if necessary, to help us get the most detailed information to enable us to address the issue of alimony through mediation or litigation. Specifically, we are the right Florida law firm, when a spouse is requesting alimony and is voluntarily under-employed to impute income, Section 61.08(2), Florida Statutes, instructs trial courts that “In determining whether to award alimony or maintenance, the court shall first make a specific factual determination as to whether either party has an actual need for alimony or maintenance.”

Many times, we must take an in depth consider the parties' actual income and available assets, the marital standard of living, and other complex issues that may arise in marriage of high net worth or complex divorce. At Elaine M. Simon, Marital and Family Law Attorneys our clients’ most common concerns are spousal support or maintenance. We provide the first-class service that our clients deserve.

To schedule a confidential consultation with the Palm Beach County attorney, call Elaine M. Simon, Marital and Family Law Attorneys at (561) 472-0087.