Determining Alimony Payments in Florida

Alimony has the potential to be one of the most contentious aspects of any divorce. One spouse will always feel he or she is going to pay too much, while the other contends he or she will receive too little.

Alimony is not quite determined by a formula as quantified as that used to determine child support payments in Florida. Judges have broad discretion to interpret Florida alimony law as they see fit. That makes having an experienced lawyer essential. In West Palm Beach or anywhere throughout the Treasure Coast, you can turn to us here at Merrill PA for guidance. Whether you are seeking or contesting alimony, we can help.

Schedule a free consultation at our West Palm Beach law firm today by calling 561-877-1111.

Protecting Your Financial Interests Now and in the Future

A judge will take several factors into account when determining alimony, including the length of the marriage, the marital standard of living, grounds for the divorce, and each spouse's assets and earning potential. The judge can then award:

  • Bridge-the-gap alimony, which can be paid for up to two years to help a spouse deal with the immediate financial consequences of a divorce
  • Rehabilitative alimony for the purposes of acquiring and developing the necessary skills to build a career
  • Durational alimony, which can be set for a specific amount of time when a judge does not find it proper to award permanent alimony
  • Permanent alimony, which can be awarded in exceptional circumstances such as when one spouse will not be able to earn a living

As a proven litigator, founding attorney David Lloyd Merrill can aggressively advocate for your rights in court or in negotiations. Additionally, we can help you seek a modification of alimony obligations in the future if circumstances change.

Talk With an Attorney Before Agreeing to Anything

At Merrill PA, we are firm believers in helping couples come together to work out amicable settlements when possible. That is why Merrill PA offers collaborative divorce services in addition to litigated solutions. If you and your spouse agree on alimony, it is still important to discuss your options with an attorney. We can review any settlement and help determine if you will be setting yourself up for harm down the line.

If you would like to learn more, we invite you to contact our law firm, Merrill PA, in West Palm Beach at 561-877-1111 to schedule a free consultation.