Continuing the Standard of the Marriage
The legal definition of alimony is: An allowance paid to a person by that person’s spouse or former spouse for maintenance, granted by a court upon a legal separation or a divorce or while action is pending. Simply put, alimony is a continuance of the standard of living in which you have become accustomed. At The Law Firm For Family Law, our attorney is a Board Certified Expert in Marital and Family Law and he holds an MBA degree. Our expert is also an expert alimony attorney and he represents clients in alimony cases in Palm Harbor, Clearwater, New Port Richey and throughout Pinellas and Pasco Counties. Alimony is a complex issue because there are no guidelines currently provided in the statute as to the amount of alimony that should be awarded. At our firm, our expert attorney, reviews your case to determine the standard of living of the marriage and then analyzes the various factors included in the statutes and the various types of alimony available to determine the alimony to be sought or defended. At our law firm, we practice professionalism, integrity and compassion with each case, becoming partners with the individuals we represent long after the courts have reached an outcome.
Continuing Your Financial Standard of Living
When individuals reach the difficult conclusion of divorce, there are so many variables to consider, including how the economically weaker spouse will continue to enjoy their livelihood from a financial standpoint. The ever-important financial variable can develop into a stressful transition into single life. Our attorney can help negotiate a creative solution that satisfies your financial circumstances and overall needs to help soften the financial blow divorce can deliver.
Currently there are six types of alimony that a court can award:
- Permanent Alimony
- Durational Alimony
- Rehabilitation Alimony
- Bridge the Gap Alimony
- Lump Sum Alimony
- Temporary Alimony
But radical changes are coming soon. The legislature currently has two bills under consideration that would change the alimony statues so that there would just be “alimony” without a designation of the various types. The legislature is also looking at creating guidelines for alimony and a number of other changes. After two prior efforts to reform the alimony statute that failed, it appears that this year the planets are aligned in such a way that an alimony reform bill will pass and become effective on July 1, 2015.
If you are planning a divorce, or have already started that process, you are going to be impacted by whatever alimony reform act is passed, as it will apply to any case not concluded by Final Judgment before the statute changes.You will need an attorney who not only understands the current statutes requirements but who also has begun studying and preparing for the change in the statute that appear to be coming our way. Our expert divorce attorney is familiar with the thinking of the legislature on these issues and has the experience and expertise to understand the pending legislative changes and its impact on your case.
DETERMINING ALIMONY PAYMENTS
Under the current statute the Court has great discretion to determine how much alimony to award and for how long. Even if the legislature changes the statute and provides guidelines for the Court, the Judges of Pinellas County will still have great latitude in determining how much alimony will be paid and for how long it will be paid.
Alimony is assigned in a very specific format by the courts, and is subject to your individual situation only. No two alimony cases or the circumstances of their receipt are alike. It is important to talk with our expert alimony lawyer at length regarding your personal circumstances. This conversation will allow our law firm to develop the best legal strategy available for you to collect alimony in any applicable category.
When your divorce proceedings begin, our attorney will assess your unique situation to determine which alimony strategy best suits your needs. There are a number of factors involved in determining alimony payments, including the length of the marriage, the history involved in the marriage, both party’s ages, and the employment history and the ability to gain employment through skill sets possessed by the recipient.
With our extensive financial law experience, your and your spouse’s financial conditions will be examined in detail to ensure no item is left to chance. Your financial livelihood depends on our expert advice, and we take that charge very seriously.
My creative approach to examining your case and your alimony claim give you a better chance to reaching a settlement you can approve of, as my client. Call today (727) 531-8737