Most people understand that divorce is not as simple as two people signing a paper and going their separate ways forever. The dissolution of a legal marriage is often complicated and emotionally draining. Florida is a “no-fault divorce” state, which means that when both parties agree the marriage is unsalvageable, they are free to divorce without having to name anyone at fault. Even when the parties are in agreement, the process is still laborious and time-consuming. With the introduction of alimony (also known as spousal support or maintenance), divorce proceedings often escalate into another dimension entirely. Financial settlements are rarely simple and benefit from the services of an alimony lawyer. If your divorce is in rough terrain over financial issues, consult Clearwater attorney Julie Beth Jouben, P.A.
The Basics of Alimony
Florida Statute 61.08 states that the court may grant an award of alimony — payment made by a soon-to-be-former spouse — in certain cases. This payment is not mandatory. It requires a court case and consideration of numerous factors. The baseline for an alimony or maintenance award in Clearwater is to determine if one party has an actual need for alimony or maintenance and if the other party has the ability pay an amount of alimony or maintenance to the spouse in need. In other words, will the divorce have a greater monetary impact on one spouse than the other? Whether you are the payee spouse or the payor spouse, your alimony lawyer can help present your side of the issue.
Where Having an Alimony Lawyer is Essential
Other factors the Court considers when ordering payment of alimony include the length of the marriage and the standard of living each spouse enjoyed during the union — should it be maintained through spousal support? The judge will consider the age, physical condition, and emotional condition of each party as well. Other factors include the contributions each party made, financial or otherwise, during the marriage. The following will be taken into consideration: the spouses’ earning capacities, educational levels, and prospects for the future. Statute 61.08 instructs the courts to consider “any factor necessary to do equity and justice between the parties.” An award of alimony is never guaranteed under the law. Julie Beth Jouben, P.A. fights hard to help Clearwater residents get the results they deserve.
No Surprises from Your Alimony Lawyer
The final decision is up to the court. As your alimony lawyer, Julie Beth Jouben, P.A. walks you through the different types of payments. These include temporary, bridge-the-gap, durational, rehabilitative or permanent periodic alimony. Consequently, by the time you are in that Clearwater courtroom, you will understand the possible outcomes and there will not be any unpleasant surprises. Going through a Dissolution of Marriage is hard enough. It is essential that you know and understand what is happening.
Need help with your divorce proceedings? With Julie Beth Jouben, Esq. as your alimony lawyer, you will navigate the rocky road without the fewest bumps and bruises. Contact our firm in Clearwater or call today at our office.