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Our family lawyers assist divorcing couples with spousal support

When you and your spouse divorce, there are a number of decisions you need to make that will have a long-term impact on your quality of life. One of the decisions the Florida courts generally make on behalf of those involved is whether or not one spouse must provide the other with monetary support, which is also known as alimony or spousal support. At Vanderlaan & Vanderlaan, P.A. our family law attorneys have extensive experience guiding clients throughout Florida in divorce actions involving alimony. Whether you are the recipient of support or must pay it, we offer skilled counsel in ensuring an equitable result.

Alimony is one of the most frequently fought-over issues in divorce, and while courts and lawyers strive to split marital assets equitably, “equitable” does not necessarily mean “equal.” At Vanderlaan & Vanderlaan, P.A. our lawyers know the laws governing spousal support and the courts tasked with making support decisions. Whether your divorce is amicable or contentious, we always work to reach a fair agreement between our client and the opposing party.

Florida attorneys experienced in negotiating and litigating alimony agreements

When determining whether or not alimony should be granted, how much should be awarded, and how long it should continue, Florida judges weigh certain factors, including a couple’s length of marriage, their standard of living during the marriage, the relative income of each individual, and the needs of each spouse. Retaining an experienced alimony attorney can help you convince the court that you need support, increasing the chance that alimony will be awarded. Alternatively, we can also work to convince the judge that your ex-spouse does not need spousal support or needs less than he or she asked for.

In Florida, there are four types of alimony agreements:

  • Temporary Alimony – Temporary alimony provides support during the divorce action, which may include attorney fees, and relevant litigation costs.
  • Rehabilitative Alimony – Rehabilitative alimony helps a dependent spouse become self-reliant and may end when an ex-spouse has found a job or has completed his or her educational training.
  • Durational Alimony – Durational alimony is for a set number of years, not to exceed the total length of the marriage. Often used in “medium term” marriages that lasted between 7 to 17 years of duration.
  • Permanent Alimony- Permanent alimony is given to a spouse who is seriously ill or who has demonstrated economic need. This agreement can be modified due to changing financial needs or other circumstances. Often used in long term marriages, over 17 years, or if there is a significant disparity in incomes.

Our attorneys work with you to determine what kind of alimony is the best for your situation.

Advocates striving for your peace of mind

At Vanderlaan & Vanderlaan, P.A. our attorneys represent clients who are seeking alimony as well as those who will be required to pay it. Our clients are often concerned about whether they are required to pay alimony if their circumstances change. Others come to us if they are not receiving the alimony payments specified by the agreement. We can help you present evidence to the court as to why the amount you pay should be decreased or request that the court properly enforce the existing alimony agreement.

Contact our experienced Florida family law attorneys for alimony assistance

At Vanderlaan & Vanderlaan, P.A., our attorneys are dedicated to working toward an equitable alimony result for the clients we represent throughout Florida. Call us at 352-877-9571 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a family law attorney at our office.

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    507 NE 8th Avenue
    Ocala, Florida 34470
    Phone: 352-789-6744
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