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The Law Office of Christina L. Sandvoss, P.A. provides experienced representation for alimony issues. In Florida, the courts consider several factors in determining whether to award alimony, including nonfinancial contributions one of the parties may have made to the marriage, such as caring for the children or supporting a spouse in school. One spouse must be able to afford alimony payments, and the spouse receiving those payments must be able to demonstrate a financial need for them.

There are six types of spousal support in Florida:

  • Temporary alimony
  • Permanent alimony
  • Bridge-the-gap alimony
  • Periodic or rehabilitative alimony
  • Lump sum alimony
  • Durational alimony

What factors affect alimony in Florida?

By Florida law, the following factors determine the amount of alimony you must pay or receive:

  • The couple’s standard of living during the marriage
  • The duration of the marriage
  • The age and physical and mental condition of each party
  • The financial resources, including nonmarital assets and liabilities, of each party
  • Each party’s earning capacity, educational level, vocational skills and employability, and the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to find appropriate employment
  • The contribution of each party to the marriage, including — but not limited to — homemaking, childcare, education and career building of the former spouse
  • The responsibilities of each party to any minor children they have in common
  • The tax treatment and consequences to both parties of any alimony award, including the designation of all or part of the payment as a nontaxable, nondeductible payment
  • All sources of income available to either party and asset investments
  • Any other factor necessary to achieve equity and justice between the parties

Alimony can be modified after divorce if there is a substantial change in the financial circumstances of you or your former spouse. It can also be terminated based on new Florida statutes and agreements previously made by you or orders of the court. Your lawyer’s job is to present the facts of your case to the court, which will make a ruling based on the specifics of your case.

You and your ex can have more control over the distribution of assets if you agree to family law mediation. This is a process in which both parties negotiate a divorce agreement with the help of a family law mediator. The two of you make the final decision, instead of a judge. Our attorney is a certified Supreme Court Family Mediator and can provide this alternative to you.

What happens if I don’t make alimony payments?

If your divorce settlement requires you to pay alimony but you do not, your ex-spouse can file a Motion for Civil Contempt and Enforcement against you. If you are found in contempt of the settlement, a judge may order you to serve time in jail, to pay fines and compensatory fees, and to pay the alimony you owe immediately.

The court can order your employer to garnish your wages. This means that your employer must deduct a specified amount from your paycheck until the back alimony amount has been met. You may also be required to purchase a security bond.

How might my high net worth affect alimony payments?

A divorce can become even more complicated when substantial assets are involved. The Law Office of Christina L. Sandvoss, P.A. brings more than 18 years of experience handling high-asset divorces when we represent you. We will fight to secure your individual assets, while making sure you obtain an equitable share of your marital estate. Our attorney knows how to determine the value of family businesses and other assets, to negotiate property division agreements and to correctly determine which assets qualify as marital property, such as:

  • Closely held business interests
  • Retirement accounts, including pensions, IRAs and 401(k) plans
  • Stocks
  • Inheritances
  • Homes and real estate investments
  • Automobiles

Florida law uses the term equitable distribution to describe how assets and liabilities will be divided upon your divorce. The goal is to distribute the assets in a way that is fair to each party. Equitable distribution doesn’t necessarily mean fifty-fifty. The court will determine what is equitable based on the specific facts of your case. The Law Office of Christina L. Sandvoss, P.A. fights to protect your interests in your property division case in Florida.

In some divorces, hidden assets may be an issue when one of the spouses tries to hide assets in order to keep them out of the asset division agreement. If you suspect this is occurring in your situation, a forensic accountant experienced in asset division can help uncover assets your former spouse may be trying to hide.

Call now to schedule a free consultation to discuss your alimony issues

Alimony can be a sensitive and complicated issue. If you have concerns about alimony in your divorce, you can discuss them with our attorney in a free initial consultation. Our office can schedule a convenient time for you to meet. The Law Office of Christina L. Sandvoss, P.A. is located in Largo and serves Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee counties, including St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa and Bradenton, Florida. Our office is easy to get to and offers ample parking. Call us now at 727-497-7823 or contact us online.