Alimony in Jacksonville, FL

Alimony

"Alimony" (also known as "support") refers to the payment of support from one spouse to the other which may be in one of the following forms:

  1. Bridge the gap;
  2. Rehabilitative
  3. Durational
  4. Permanent

The court will decide the issue of Alimony by determining whether a party has a NEED for alimony and whether. a party has the ABILITY TO PAY alimony. The law sets out relevant factors that a court must consider in granting a request for alimony or denying such a request. It is always important to understand that a Court has full discretion in deciding this issue and that the Court is not required to grant Alimony merely because a party has requested Alimony.

I have represented many clients who have sought support from their former spouse. It is not unusual for a Court to consider the length of a marriage and the party's concerns when making a ruling as to Alimony. A short-term marriage of just a few years usually does not result in any Alimony. However long-term marriages where one party has been the breadwinner and the other party has earned little to no income, usually results in the entity of a support obligation. Since the issue of Alimony is of such great importance, it is critical to get proper legal advice in advance of Mediation or a Court hearing.

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