Alimony Attorneys Serving Palm Beach and Broward Counties

Providing Expertise and Experience in Alimony Disputes

At Gladstone & Weissman, P.A., we are fully aware that much is at risk in high net worth and complex divorces. Some of our clients' most common concerns revolve around spousal support (commonly known as alimony payments or spousal maintenance). In such cases, our Florida law firm faithfully provides the attention, specialization and confidentiality that our clients have come to expect.

Determining Spousal Support in Florida

Unlike child support, there are no strict formulas or calculations in determining the amount of spousal support or alimony. Spousal support is based on the financial wherewithal of the "payor" spouse and the need and earning potential of the receiving spouse after taking into consideration the assets awarded to each.

Depending on a number of factors, including duration of the marriage and the financial resources of the parties involved, the court can award alimony of various durations, from short-term or "bridge-the-gap" alimony to "durational" alimony (awarded for a set period) all the way up to "permanent" alimony, typically only awarded in marriages considered to be of "long-term" duration. The types of temporary alimony (bridge the gap alimony, rehabilitative alimony, and lump sum alimony) are determined, in part, by the earning capacity of the dependent spouse.

Other factors that must be taken into consideration include:

  • The dependent party's education and vocational skills
  • The length of time the dependent party has been out of the workplace
  • The length of the marriage
  • The age and health of both parties
  • Other factors that affect the ability to earn income

Modifying or Terminating Spousal Support Payments

Factors for modifying or terminating alimony or spousal support can include remarriage, cohabitation, securing gainful employment, receiving inheritance, or other events affecting the dependent spouse's ability to support him or herself.

It should also be noted, however, that where alimony is terminable upon remarriage, a court may reduce or terminate the alimony when the recipient is residing with someone in a "supportive relationship." There are numerous factors that the court will consider in deciding whether a "supportive relationship" exists, such as whether the couple holds themselves out as husband and wife, as well as the nature and extent of their financial interactions.

Talk to a South Florida Spousal Support Lawyer

To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation with an alimony attorney in Boca Raton or Fort Lauderdale, call Gladstone & Weissman at (561) 447-2274. We can also be reached via our online contact form.