Boca Raton Alimony Attorneys
Fighting for Spousal Support in Palm Beach County. Call 561.392.4400!
If you are a stay-at-home parent, you may be worried whether you can still receive alimony in a two-income world. If you are the higher-earning spouse, you may wonder if you will be able to support yourself once you start paying alimony. The prospect of divorce can be very worrisome to a spouse with limited job experience, education or earning power. In the past, spousal support was primarily available to women. Today, however, with many women out-earning their spouses, and many men taking on primary childcare responsibilities, men also receive spousal support. Gender is irrelevant to a determination whether one is entitled to alimony.
Whether you are the man or the woman, whether you are the one seeking alimony or the one resisting alimony, Feldman & Schneiderman can help you. It takes a knowledgeable and assertive attorney to set out a strong case for or against alimony, and our spousal support lawyers have decades of experience backing them up.
Why Clients Choose Feldman & Schneiderman:
- 65+ Years of Combined Experience
- Collaborative, Client-First Approach
- Numerous Awards & Accolades
- Intelligent & Honest Advocacy
What is Spousal Support?
Alimony — or spousal support, as it is often called today — is the payment of money by one spouse to the other after a divorce. Its purpose is to limit any unfair economic advantage one party may have gained over the other during the marriage by awarding financial relief to the spouse who is limited in the ability for self-support. Alimony is based on the need of the receiving party and the ability to pay of the paying party. The amount is intended to prevent either party from going from “prosperity to poverty,” as a seminal Florida case stated.
There are several types of alimony or spousal support recognized by Florida courts:
- Temporary alimony — granted until the final disposition of the divorce. In a case where one spouse was a traditional homemaker and the other was the sole wage-earner, the working spouse can be required to continue paying the marital bills during this period and to contribute to the attorney’s fees and costs of the spouse without a job or access to funds.
- Bridge-the-gap alimony — awarded to help a person make the transition from married to single life. This type of spousal support is generally given for no more than two years and is meant to help the spouse find housing or a job and to move toward self-support after the end of a short-term marriage (one less than 7 years).
- Rehabilitative alimony — awarded to a spouse who needs time to acquire new skills, additional education or to re-enter a career that was interrupted during the marriage. This form of alimony is intended to enable the receiving spouse to become self-supporting; thus, it is limited in duration.
- Lump-sum alimony — one or more large payments paid directly from one party’s share of the distribution of the marital assets to the other party, especially when special circumstances dictate, such as poor health of the paying party or reasonable fear the paying party may move outside the United States.
- Durational alimony — may be granted when permanent alimony is inappropriate. It generally applies to marriages of intermediate duration (7 to 16 years of marriage), and the alimony cannot exceed the length of the marriage.
- Permanent periodic alimony — paid on a monthly basis generally until the death of the paying spouse, death of the recipient spouse, or remarriage of the recipient spouse. This form of alimony is considered most appropriate for marriages of 17 years or longer.
The lawyers at Feldman & Schneiderman are highly experienced and have an outstanding reputation for achieving fair and reasonable spousal support awards and defending against overreaching claims for alimony.
We Represent Both Men & Women in Spousal Support
By representing both husbands and wives, the Boca Raton divorce attorneys at Feldman & Schneiderman do not limit their experience or knowledge solely to one gender. Don’t be fooled by law firms advertising that they represent only husbands or only wives. You need attorneys who are familiar with both sides of the alimony coin and who have handled cases for both sexes.
Arrange your initial consultation with our lawyers today by calling 561.392.4400.