Alimony, also called spousal support, support or maintenance, is generally defined as financial assistance given from one spouse to another after the marriage has dissolved. Depending upon the circumstances of your marriage, you or your spouse (regardless of gender) may be eligible to collect alimony.
It could be temporary or permanent. It could be provided in a lump-sum or over a specific timeframe. However, before the court determines any sort of alimony arrangement, it will look at various factors based on individual circumstances.
Factors Courts Consider
There are many issues courts will look at when considering a spousal support award.
For instance, if you and your spouse were married for a short period of time, or if you and your spouse both hold regular jobs, then it is unlikely a court will award any party spousal support.
Alternately, if only one party earned most or all of the income, for instance, because one party stayed home to raise your children, then alimony may be considered.
Other factors courts utilize to determine alimony include:
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The martial assets of the parties
- Contributions each individual made to the marriage
- Time needed for a party to obtain education or training
- The age, physical condition, emotional condition, educational background and employment potential of each spouse
The Importance Of Hiring An Experienced Lawyer To Handle This Matter
Alimony cases are often one of the most bitterly contested and emotional parts of family law. For this reason, it is not advisable that you attempt to deal with your case on your own. The outcome of the spousal support will often have a direct and profound impact on the rest of your life. Hiring an attorney who can provide thorough guidance on spousal support matter is vital.
Contact Our Family Law Attorneys For Help
No matter whether you are being asked to pay or if you are looking for maintenance from your ex-spouse, we encourage you to contact our legal team at Canan Law as soon as possible for assistance.
We know the importance of this process and are prepared to provide you with the guidance you need and deserve during this stressful time.
Our attorneys have extensive experience handling alimony and many other family law matters for St. Johns and northeast Florida. We will do everything we can to ensure that your interests are protected so you can move forward with your life.
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You can also email us as well to set up an initial consultation and case evaluation.
We also assist with modifications and enforcement of alimony court orders. Contact us to learn more.