Recent Trends In Florida State Alimony Law
In 2013, alimony laws in the state of Florida changed drastically, after a heated debate in our state legislature. Now, many divorcing couples find themselves wondering about the future. While alimony law has changed in Florida, a knowledgeable and experienced Florida family law attorney can help you make sense of the new laws and how they apply to your situation, and will fight for a favorable outcome in your divorce case. With over 25 years of legal experience in the Central Florida area, family law lawyer Stanley M. Silver, Attorney at Law, is ready to put that experience to work in your divorce or alimony case.
Permanent Alimony In The State Of Florida
It used to be much easier to obtain permanent spousal support in Florida. Permanent alimony consists of payments made to the recipient for the entirety of either party’s life, or upon remarriage of the permanent alimony recipient. Under current Florida state law, it is very difficult for permanent alimony to be ordered by a family court if the marriage was not long-term, meaning it lasted at least seventeen years. However, if it can be demonstrated to the court’s satisfaction that permanent alimony is the only acceptable judgment, the court may order permanent alimony in certain circumstances. For this reason, it’s important to have an aggressive Florida divorce attorney represent you who will fight for your best interest.
Rehabilitative, Durational, And Bridge-The-Gap Alimony
The new focus of Florida’s alimony laws is to limit alimony payments to a period deemed sufficient for the alimony recipient to no longer rely on alimony payments for income. In short term marriages (those which lasted fewer than seven years,) bridge-the-gap alimony is designed to assist alimony recipients in transitioning back to single life. These alimony awards cannot exceed two years.
Rehabilitative alimony may be ordered as well. Rehabilitative alimony requires a plan for developing employment skills or credentials, and the duration and amount of alimony payments will depend on that plan.
Durational alimony is a set payment schedule for a pre-determined period of time, and is most often awarded when the marriage lasted between seven and seventeen years. Durational alimony plans cannot exceed the length of the marriage.
A Compassionate Alimony Lawyer Serving Central Florida
If you live in Longwood, Maitland, Orlando, Altamonte Springs, Winter Park, Casselberry, Sanford, Wekiva Springs, Apopka, or anywhere else in Orange County, Seminole County or Osceola County, divorce attorney Stanley M. Silver is ready to represent you to the Central Florida family courts. Mr. Silver fights for fair alimony judgments for each of his clients, and in his decades of legal practice, has cultivated a reputation as one of Central Florida’s most aggressive alimony attorneys.
Call Today For A Free Consultation
If you’re facing divorce in the state of Florida, it’s important that you understand the recent changes and trends in Florida alimony law. To speak to Central Florida’s premiere alimony and divorce lawyer, contact the Longwood, FL office of Stanley M. Silver, Attorney at Law, at (407) 233-3212. It costs you nothing to receive a free case evaluation with an experienced and compassionate Central Florida divorce attorney.