When entering into divorce proceedings, many people wonder if alimony will apply, and if so, how much will be awarded. Jenkinson Legal has represented clients in Orange, Seminole and surrounding counties in Florida in alimony/spousal support proceedings. Each alimony case is unique, and it is important to work with an experienced attorney to ensure that your personal and financial interests are protected — and that you get the answers you need to your pressing questions about spousal support.
What Is Alimony?
Alimony, also referred to as spousal support, is a form of financial relief which may be sought when one is petitioning the court for a dissolution of marriage (divorce). There are four forms of spousal support: bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational, and permanent alimony. In order for the court to make a determination that a party is in need of spousal support, the Judge must first make a factual finding that a party has the need for support and that the alternate party has the ability to pay such. Once this test has been met, then the court must determine which form of alimony is proper for the parties. In order to make this determination, the court will review numerous factors which can be found in Section 61.08 of the Florida Statutes.
Is Alimony Automatic?
In Florida, alimony is not automatically awarded when spouses divorce. Rather, the court considers a number of factors to determine if spousal support should be awarded, and if so, how much:
The length of the marriage
The standard of living during the marriage
The financial circumstances of each spouse
The earning capacity of each spouse
Age and health of each spouse
Contact Jenkinson Legal Today
Whether you are seeking alimony, a modification to a previous judgment, or seeking attorney representation to ensure that your financial interests are protected in spousal support proceedings, Jenkinson Legal can help. We focus on informing our clients on their legal options so they are well-equipped to make important decisions about the future. Contact Attorney AnnMarie Jenkinson of Jenkinson Legal at (321) 837-9547 with your Family Law questions, or to schedule a free initial consultation.
Jenkinson Legal has many satisfied clients throughout seven counties of Central Florida – Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Polk, Volusia, and Brevard. Here at the Florida Family Law office of Jenkinson Legal we have one simple objective: provide personalized, one on one attention to our clients’ legal worries so they can concentrate on life and family. Contact Jenkinson Legal today to learn more about our experience and success at (321) 837-9547. We are conveniently located in beautiful downtown Winter Park, Florida.