Spousal Support Counsel And Representation
Unlike child support, which follows a rigid formula and deviates only when special circumstances warrant, the courts have broad discretion when determining the amount of spousal support a party receives and how long a party should receive it — or whether he or she should receive it at all.
Because of the great leeway in awarding spousal support, it is critical to have experienced and knowledgeable legal representation to protect your rights. At Peppler Law P.A., we have more than 35 years of experience serving residents in Winter Springs and throughout central Florida in family law matters.
Alimony Options In Oviedo And Winter Springs, Florida
Florida law distinguishes several types of spousal support, each serving a unique purpose:
- Rehabilitative alimony allows a spouse to obtain education or training necessary to become more self-supporting. A spouse seeking this type of support is required to show a plan that spells out the training he or she will pursue.
- Bridge-the-gap support helps a spouse make the transition to single life and the expenses that come with it. It is awarded for no more than two years.
- Durational alimony is similar to rehabilitative alimony. However, the spouse seeking to receive it is not required to show a plan for education or training.
- Lump-sum support, as the name implies, is a single payment that is designed to put both parties on equal financial footing. One example of how it may be used is to compensate one party in divorce if the other party is awarded a family business.
- Permanent alimony is less common than it was a decade or more ago. It is awarded only if the marriage lasted a minimum of 17 years and generally if one party lacks the ability to become self-supporting or there is a substantial gap in incomes that is unlikely to ever be closed.
The court considers a number of factors when awarding spousal support. These include the length of the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage, the age of the parties involved and the contributions that both parties made to the marriage, including child care or supporting the other party’s education or career.
Work Alongside A Lawyer To Effectively Protect Your Interests
Financial stability is among the biggest concerns for many individuals following the end of a relationship. We work to ensure that our clients are not left in an unfair financial position following divorce, whether they expect to receive spousal support or pay it.
The greater the assets, the more complex these issues can be. If necessary, we work with forensic accountants, business valuation specialists and other financial professionals to gain a clear picture of marital finances.
We provide an initial family law consultation at a discounted rate. Call our Oviedo law office at 407-792-6697 or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment. Attorney Peppler represents individuals and families in Winter Springs and throughout central Florida.