Alimony, or spousal support, is required when some marriages end. If you are divorcing, it is important that you understand Florida laws on alimony so you can make an informed choice about whether spousal support is appropriate in your specific circumstances.
The issue of alimony must be addressed either through a negotiated agreement on spousal support, or by the court ordering or denying support. Both those who are seeking alimony and those who may be required to pay spousal support should ensure they are represented by an experienced attorney.
Ophelia Bernal-Mora and Andrew Nickolaou are a husband-and-wife team who started the law firm Orlando Family Team to provide help with divorce and spousal support issues to clients in Central Florida.
A long track record of successful cases shows we have the knowledge and legal skills to protect our client’s finances after divorce by helping to secure an appropriate decision on alimony. To find out more about the services we can offer, give us a call today.
How can an Orlando Alimony Attorney Help You?
An alimony attorney can help you to determine if alimony is likely to be appropriate in your divorce. Spousal support is not ordered in all divorce cases. However, a higher-earning spouse may need to temporarily or permanently pay support to a lower-earning spouse under certain conditions. Factors like the length of the marriage and contributions each party made to the marriage, along with the earning power of the lower-earning spouse, are all considered.
Knowing what your rights are and understanding how spousal support rules apply to your case is important because you may wish to negotiate on alimony outside of court. An attorney can help with this process, guiding you through the negotiations and advising you so you don’t agree to an unfair deal on support.
If no agreement is reached, your attorney can also represent you in arguing for spousal support during divorce proceedings. You will have to convince the judge alimony is, or is not, appropriate depending upon whether you are seeking support or hoping to avoid paying it.
If a prenuptial agreement exists and addresses alimony, you’d also need to try to convince the court as to why this agreement should not be enforceable, because unless there was a problem with the prenup, it will be controlling on the issue of spousal support.
An attorney can also assist you if alimony is ordered in pursuing a request to modify the existing spousal support order under appropriate circumstances, such as if you have experienced a change in income level.
Contact an Alimony Attorney Today
A lot of money is at stake when it comes to issues related to alimony. You don’t want to be left with a lower quality of life after your divorce if your ex earns more than you do. On the other hand, if your ex is a substantially lower earner, you may be concerned you’ll end up supporting your ex for the rest of his or her life.
Orlando Family Team can represent you in arguing both for or against alimony in appropriate circumstances, so give us a call to learn about the assistance we can offer.
Whether you are currently going through a divorce, fighting for custody or simply have questions about family law, our attorneys are here to help.
Contact the attorneys at Orlando Family Team today for a free, no-obligation consultation.