When a divorce becomes final, the joint income that once supported one household must now support two. High wage earners may fear they will be unfairly penalized by having to support their lower-earning spouse. Stay-at-home moms and dads and those with disabilities may fear they will be forced into poverty. Boca Raton alimony lawyers can help by making the strongest possible case for alimony.
Alimony, which is now referred to as spousal support, is the payment of money by one spouse to the other following their divorce. Spousal support payments seek to limit any unfair economic advantage one spouse has over the other. Florida law provides guidelines for different types of alimony that can be paid by one spouse to the other, including the following:
- Lump-sum alimony
- Permanent periodic alimony
- Temporary alimony
- Rehabilitative alimony
- Durational alimony
- Bridge-the-gap alimony
Attitudes towards spousal support today assume that either spouse may need it and qualify for it, not just the wife. In addition, spousal support is often regarded as a temporary bridge to support the non-earning spouse as he or she eases into the working world. An alimony law firm in Palm Beach County can fight for alimony payments that would allow sufficient time for the financially-challenged spouse to obtain the job training, education and other career-building skills that could lead to a better-paying job. That firm also can fight to protect the employed spouse from paying unfair amounts of support for unfair lengths of time.
Feldman & Schneiderman, P.L. is very experienced and knowledgeable about Florida spousal support and can help you determine — and fight for — the type that would be best for your particular situation.