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    Grant J. Gisondo, P.A. – Family Law Attorney

    How Much Alimony Can I Expect to Pay?

    Grant J. Gisondo, P.A. > Alimony  > How Much Alimony Can I Expect to Pay?

    How Much Alimony Can I Expect to Pay?

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    Alimony, frequently referred to as spousal support, is a monetary amount awarded to either spouse based on a variety of factors, including:

    • A proven need for alimony must be present. It must be shown that a party needs alimony to manage finances during the transition from married life to single life.
    • A party does not have the skills or education to gain employment at a level needed to support themselves without the help of a spouse.
    • One party has stayed home during the marriage and provided care for the home and children, if any, while the other spouse has been the sole breadwinner. Family courts will place a value on homemaking.
    • A buy-out for a jointly owned business, retirement account, or other large, expensive assets.
    • When adultery combined with spending marital money on a paramour can be proven, especially after a long-term marriage (move than 17 years), a judge will sometimes award alimony.

    Once you have determined you should be awarded alimony or feel that you may be ordered to pay alimony, you can, with the help of a Marital and Family Law attorney, project what the amount of that alimony might be. There is no way to know exactly what a judge will decide. So, unless you and your spouse have a successful mediation and draw up a marital agreement deciding for yourselves the amount of alimony you will pay, you will not know for sure.

    In Florida, there are six types of alimony, each with an intended purpose. You can research each type to see if you will fit in one of them.

    • Temporary alimony: awarded only for the time of divorce proceedings. Used to help pay items such as maintenance bills for home, children, transportation, and medical bills
    • Permanent alimony: a monthly award for the lifetime of either party unless the receiving party remarries or enters into a non-relative cohabitation when the alimony will stop and cannot be reinstated.
    • Lump-sum alimony: a one-time payment immediately following the final order.
    • Bridge-the-gap alimony: awarded for no longer than two years, this type of alimony helps the party transition from marital to single status.
    • Durational alimony: usually used in short-term marriages and not awarded for more years than the marriage. Remarriage and non-relative cohabitation cancel durational alimony.
    • Rehabilitation alimony: designed to help a party learn skills or gain enough education to become employed at a level they can support themselves. A detailed rehabilitation plan covering the cost, time, and training must be set up and, if not followed or completed early, will cancel the alimony.

    Finally, it is important to note that the financial resources of the party expected to pay alimony is taken into consideration. Alimony will not be set at a level that would not allow the paying party to have a supportive income.

    For those living in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Miami-Dade, Broward, Hillsborough, or Orange Counties, or New York or Washington DC Attorney Grant Gisondo can answer questions regarding alimony. He is a board-certified Marriage and Family Law attorney who has practiced successfully for over a decade. You can call his office at (561) 530-4568 to make an appointment for a free, initial, in-office consultation. His office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturdays for new clients.

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