Coral Springs & Boca Raton Alimony Lawyer
Experienced Alimony Lawyers Representing Clients in Broward County and Palm Beach County
At HVW Law Group, our Coral Springs alimony lawyers provide attentive, results-oriented legal advocacy to our clients. We handle the full range of spousal support cases—from negotiating divorce settlements to petitioning for post judgment modifications. If you have questions about alimony, our legal team is ready to help. For a strictly private consultation with an experienced Florida alimony lawyer, please contact us today.
Alimony in Florida: Understanding the Basics
Under Florida law (Florida Statutes § 61.08), alimony—also called ‘spousal support’ and ‘spousal maintenance’—is financial assistance paid by one spouse to the other following a divorce. In Florida, alimony is not guaranteed by law. Instead, alimony will only be awarded if the specific circumstances warrant it. The longer the marriage lasted and the bigger the gap in spousal income, the more likely alimony is to be awarded. Typically, alimony is not awarded after a “short-term marriage—Florida defines a short-term marriage as one that lasted less than seven years.
What are the Different Types of Alimony in Florida?
While most people tend to think of spousal support as “one” thing, there are actually several different types of alimony. Specifically, under Florida law, you may be entitled to receive or required to pay any of the following four basic types of alimony:
- Bridge-the-Gap Alimony: As the same suggests, this type of alimony is meant to cover the financially disadvantaged spouse’s “identifiable” and “short term” needs. Bridge-the-gap alimony is capped at two years.
- Rehabilitative Alimony: Rehabilitative alimony is meant to help a spouse become self sufficient after a divorce. It may cover things like educational costs, job training, and short-term living expenses.
- Durational Alimony: Durational alimony comes in the form of monthly payments that will last for a pre-set period of time. The length of durational alimony will often be determined based on the length of the marriage.
- Permanent Alimony: In Florida, permanent alimony is only awarded in cases where the financially disadvantaged spouse has no reasonable basis to care for themselves. As an example, a disabled spouse may be awarded permanent alimony after a separation.
How Our Florida Alimony Lawyers Can Help
Our attorneys handle the full range of alimony cases. Whether you are seeking alimony or may be required to pay support to your former partner, we can help. At HVW Law Group, our Florida spousal support lawyers always put in the time, energy, and resources needed to get our clients the best possible outcome—we will take the right approach for your specific cases. When you call our law office, you will speak to a lawyer who can:
- Conduct an in-depth, confidential review of your alimony case;
- Explain your rights and obligations under Florida law;
- Investigate your case—gathering and preparing financial records;
- Negotiate a reasonable, acceptable settlement with your former partner; and
- If required, take legal action to protect your rights.
Contact Our Coral Springs Alimony Lawyers for Immediate Assistance
At HVW Law Group, our South Florida spousal support attorneys are committed to providing reliable, results-focused representation to clients. To request a fully confidential, no obligation consultation, please contact our law firm today. From our offices in Coral Springs and Boca Raton, we serve communities in Palm Beach County and Broward County.