Other than child support and custody, one of the most hotly contested aspects of a divorce is alimony. The concern is both from the one paying and the one receiving alimony. This is where Jeffrey P. Cario, P.A., can help.
When alimony might be an issue in divorce
If one spouse has been financially dependent on their spouse for most of their marriage, alimony may be awarded. Of course, this is a facts specific divorce analysis based on what both spouses were contributing and for how long.
Florida alimony factors
Specifically, our state has several specific inquiries. First, the court looks at the standard of living throughout the marriage, the health and age of each spouse, the length of the marriage, financial resources contributed to the marriage, earning capacity of each spouse, tax issues, minor children (if any) and other factors that the law labels “equity and justice.”
Time is a huge factor
The duration of the marriage is a huge factor when considering whether alimony will be granted. There are three lengths of marriage: long-term, which is 17 years or long, moderate, which is seven to 17 years, and a short-term marriage, which is less than seven years. While the couple’s time pre-marriage is not considered in this calculation, for those that spent a significant amount of time as a couple prior to marriage, it may be considered.
Help with alimony concerns
Regardless if one believes they need alimony or are being asked to pay it, an advocate is needed. This is where Jeffrey P. Cario, P.A., can help as an experienced divorce attorney. He has been practicing law for over 30 years, and he is board-certified in marital and family law. Associate attorney, Kimberly Scarano also brings nearly two decades of family law experience. For our Hernando, Citrus, Sumter and Pasco Counties, Florida, residents, we are here to help.