Unlike calculating child support, under Florida law there is no calculation to determine alimony, also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance.
Case law interprets the alimony statute to assess whether there is an ability to pay versus whether there is an actual need for support. The alimony and spousal support lawyers in Naples at Long & Associates engage in fact -intensive investigation into each party’s income, work history, spending habits and expenses. The amount of alimony and its duration vary based upon several statutory factors, including but not limited to, the duration of your marriage, the earning capacity of each party, and the mental and physical health of each party.
A spouse requesting alimony may also have an obligation to obtain employment, even if he or she has not previously worked during the marriage. This circumstance arises in cases where one spouse was the sole source of income during the marriage.
But that same spouse cannot afford to pay the expenses for two separate households, so there’s a need for the spouse requesting alimony to contribute by becoming gainfully employed. Our spousal support attorneys in Naples are well-versed on a variety of tax issues that affect the determination of income which directly impacts alimony and the amount to be paid. This knowledge allows the alimony and spousal support lawyers at Long & Associates to effectively work with your accountant and financial advisor to successfully craft a reasonable alimony figure.
Types of Alimony
Our alimony and spousal support lawyers in Naples have assisted divorce clients in achieving all of the four types of alimony: Bridge-The-Gap, Rehabilitative, Durational, and Permanent.