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April 19, 2019.
posted in Alimony Spousal Support

On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.

Divorce isn’t easy for any couple. Whether you were married for 1 year or 40 years. Divorce may be the right decision, but it almost always hurts. Divorce isn’t as simple as saying goodbye. It is so much more than a break-up.  A divorce requires time, emotional decision-making, and a willingness to compromise. Divorces also don’t end after you sign the dotted line. Divorce carries over to child support, child time-sharing, and/or alimony.

Our Fort Lauderdale alimony attorney at The Law Office Of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A. understands that divorce is no easy feat. You need legal assistance, not just for the paperwork, but to ensure that you are getting fairly treated by the court and your soon-to-be ex-spouse. When couples divorce it may start out friendly, but it can end in fights and emotional banter. With a legal representative, we can help see past the emotions. We can act as a buffer between you and your partner if the situation gets really heated. Second, to figure out what to do with the children, alimony is by far one of the most contentious issues in divorce.

6 Types of Alimony

Getting married is a contract. It is a contract with ongoing provisions between you and your partner. Together you decide who is staying home with the kids, who are going to work, who is purchasing cars or houses, where are you going to live, and what kind of lifestyle you envision. A divorce unravels that contract. After the divorce, it is as if you are starting at level 1 all over again. Florida recognizes 6 types of alimony:

  1. Temporary
  2. Bridge the Gap
  3. Lump-Sum
  4. Rehabilitative
  5. Durational
  6. Permanent

The first 5 are pretty logical, but the 6th can cause some damage if you are the one having to give alimony. Times have changed. Men are not the head of households. Women today are also responsible for alimony. Alimony is not child support. You can both pay or receive alimony and child support.

Florida is one of the few remaining states that still recognized permanent alimony. Permanent alimony means that for life you have to provide financial means to your ex-spouse. The giver must show that they are capable of paying alimony. The receiver must prove that they need permanent alimony. Typically the longer you were married the more likely permanent alimony may apply. If you were married under 10 years the other types may apply. However, this is all depending on your situation.

What To Do

It is our job at The Law Office Of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A. to ensure that you are getting fair treatment during your divorce. We are here to support and advocate for your needs. Going through a divorce is hard enough. Let our Fort Lauderdale alimony attorney work through the hardest parts for you. Call 954-297-6546 or click here to start your free consultation with our professional attorneys at the Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances in Fort Lauderdale today.

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