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Addressing Spousal Maintenance or Support in Your Divorce

Alimony, commonly referred to as spousal support or maintenance, is designed to assist the lower-earning spouse in a divorce. Whether you are entitled to receive or required to pay alimony will depend on a number of factors, and our Naples divorce lawyers can review your unique situation to determine how you may be affected. You can count on our experience and skill in this complex arena as we effectively guide you through the divorce process.

Learn more about alimony and your rights or responsibilities by calling (239) 232-2208.

Types of Alimony

In Florida, there are several different kinds of alimony that can be awarded, based on a variety of factors such as the standard of living during the marriage, the length of the marriage, the health and age of the parties, and the financial resources available to both parties.

The following types of alimony may be awarded in Florida:

  • Temporary alimony: Paid to the recipient while the divorce is pending.
  • Bridge-the-gap alimony: Paid to the recipient while transitioning from being married to single, with the goal of helping the transition.
  • Rehabilitative alimony: Alimony pursuant to a plan of rehabilitation to assist a party in establishing the capacity for self-support.
  • Durational alimony: Paid for a set time period and typically only pertaining to shorter marriages if there is no need for ongoing or permanent support.
  • Permanent alimony: Paid to the recipient indefinitely, usually following a long-term marriage.
  • Lump sum alimony: Approved by the court in unusual circumstances when a lump sum is appropriate, such as when awarding one spouse lump sum alimony when the payor is substantially older than the payee.

We’ve Served South Florida for Over 20 Years

The experienced Naples family law attorneys at Long, Murphy & Zung, P.A. are adept at representing our clients' interests throughout all aspects of divorce, including alimony determinations. The division of property can have a substantial impact on the alimony amount. Due to our extensive experience dealing with high asset divorce and complex property division, we know how to protect your interests regarding alimony from the outset of your divorce proceedings.

We are also deeply familiar with the tax issues related to alimony. Payment of alimony is taxable to the payee and deductible to the payor. However, under the Internal Revenue Code, the parties may opt out of taxability and deductibility if they can agree contractually to do so.

Contact our firm at (239) 232-2208 for seasoned counsel in your divorce. We’ve served the South Florida area for over 20 years.

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