Spousal Support

Orlando Spousal Support Attorney

If you file for divorce in the Orlando, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach or Sanford, Florida areas, one of the various issues you may have to deal with is the issue of alimony or spousal support. The amount of spousal support that is paid based on Florida family law and takes into consideration several factors. If you have questions or concerns regarding alimony payments or spousal support contact a skilled and experienced Orange County, Florida Alimony Attorney.

Contact the Orlando, Florida spousal support lawyers at Lyons Law They are here to help you, to protect your rights and make sure you get the full and fair amount of alimony you are entitled to per Florida spousal support law. Ms. Lyons helps those enduring difficult family law issues in the Brevard County, Lake County, Orange County, Polk County, Seminole County and Volusia County, Florida areas.

Florida Alimony And Spousal Support Laws

Per Florida law the courts may award spousal support even if the parties are not divorcing.  Once a divorce petition is final, the action is a request for permanent alimony.  Several factors are taken into consideration when determining how much spousal support, interim alimony or permanent alimony will be paid. The primary factors are each parties annual, taxable income and reasonable monthly expenses.

The longer a marriage lasts the longer the alimony terms and the higher the amount to be paid. For instance, if you were married in excess of 20 years you may be subject to lifetime alimony payments. If the marriage was less than 20 years, the alimony period is half the length of the marriage.

In the event you have children, alimony and child support payments are deducted from one another. This prevents you from either receiving or making double payments. Temporary alimony or spousal support is awarded from the date of physical separation and is adjusted retroactively once a final amount is determined.

What Is The Duration of Alimony In Florida?

In Florida, courts may mandate that alimony payments continue for a reasonable period of time depending on the circumstances. The order may have an end date, or it may be an ongoing order with no particular end date. The court may review and change the order if the circumstances change.
A Florida alimony order will end automatically should any of the following occur:

  • The spouse receiving the alimony gets remarried
  • The spouse receiving the alimony is living with a person of the opposite sex who is not a family member
  • The spouse receiving alimony dies, or

The spouse paying alimony dies, unless the order or agreement says that it will continue

Modification of Alimony and Spousal Support

If the there are significant and ongoing changes in one of the spouse’s circumstances, a spouse may file a motion to modify (change) the spousal support or alimony order. For example, if one of the spouses has a significant change of income or becomes disabled, the court may modify spousal support because of changed circumstances.

Factors Involved In Alimony Modification

Contrary to popular belief in  the courts may award spousal support or alimony. Several factors are taken into consideration when determining how much spousal support will be paid. The primary factors are each parties’ annual, taxable income and reasonable monthly expenses. The state of Florida allows for spousal support orders to be modified at any time. However, just because it is requested does not mean that the request will be granted. The same factors that were taken into account when it was initially ordered are taken into account when a modification is requested. Factors that may warrant an alimony modification can be:

Change in employment status of either party

The receiving party remarries

Change in living arrangement or cohabitation status of one party

Changes in taxable income for either party

Significant changes in reasonable monthly expenses of either party

Contact An Orlando Alimony Law Attorney

With many years experience handling divorce cases let the family law attorneys at Lyons Law put their negotiation and family law litigation experience to work for you. They offer focused spousal support and general family law representation throughout.