Tampa Alimony Attorney
Professional, Effective Florida Alimony Lawyers
If you are going through a divorce or are contemplating a separation, there are often serious considerations as to whether or not alimony will be awarded and how much the overall amount may be. Whether you will be seeking this type of support, or have concerns about the amount of alimony you may be required to pay, it is vitally important to have an experienced Tampa alimony attorney on your side to ensure your financial interests are protected.
At HD Law Partners, we understand the role that alimony payments can play in your overall financial security, both now and in the years to come. With over 40 years’ combined experience in representing clients in these types of matters, we provide the strong legal representation you need at a time like this. Don’t hesitate to rely on our legal knowledge and competence in family law matters; we can help protect your rights in alimony matters while helping to ensure any alimony awards made are in your best interest.
Legal Representation To Ensure A Fair and Reasonable Alimony Award
Section 61.08 of the Florida Statutes concerning the dissolution of marriage states that alimony can be awarded to either party. Types of alimony that may be ordered by the court include temporary, rehabilitative alimony that aims to bridge the gap while the receiving spouse acquires the necessary skills to gain employment after the divorce, as well as more permanent alimony paid periodically or in a lump sum amount. Factors the Florida courts consider in awarding alimony include the following:
- The length of the marriage;
- The standard of living the parties were accustomed to while married;
- The age of the spouses, and any physical or mental condition that could impede their earning potential;
- The education level and earning capacity of the spouse requesting alimony;
- The financial contribution each party made to the marriage;
- Any support provided by one spouse to the other in achieving educational or career goals;
- The total dollar amount of assets and income belonging to each party.
In court proceedings to award alimony, any marital misconduct, such as adultery or habitual drunkenness or drug use, could have negative impacts, both on the spouse requesting alimony and on the one required to pay.
Legal Help in Getting Your Alimony Order Modified or Enforced
Once an alimony order has been entered, there may be circumstances because of which the order needs to be modified. These circumstances could include a change in the financial situation of either party, a change in living arrangements, as well as situations involving remarriage or the birth of a child with another party.
Unfortunately, despite the fact that an alimony award has been ordered, the other spouse may still refuse to pay. In these cases, Section 61.12 of the Florida Statutes states that your spouse could be held in contempt of court for failing to pay or even for falling behind on alimony payments, Methods of enforcement available through the Florida courts include wage garnishment and attachment or liens on any other assets or funds your spouse owns.
Reach Out to Our Tampa Alimony Attorneys for Help
If you or someone you care about has legal concerns regarding alimony or wishes to change or enforce an existing order, contact HD Law Partners today. Our experienced Tampa alimony attorneys offer competent necessary for alimony cases, acting as a strong legal advocate to ensure your legal rights and interests are protected. We serve clients in Tampa, Orlando, Sarasota, and the surrounding areas, and we are ready to help you today.