Alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance, can be awarded to either party regardless of gender. The experienced Tampa alimony attorneys at Anton Garcia Law can help you with your alimony case.
Some of the factors the Court examines when determining if an award of alimony is appropriate are:
- Length of the parties;
- The financial need of the party requesting alimony;
- The financial ability of the other party to pay alimony;
- Standard of living during the marriage;
- Ages & earning capacity of each party;
- Contribution by the parties to the marriage; and
Physical & emotional condition of each party.
There are several types of alimony:
Provides support to allow a party to transition into single life. This type of alimony is designed to help with short-term financial needs.
Aids a party in acquiring new skills or redeveloping previous skills. Often awarded when a party returns to school for a new career or to improve his/her job skills. Also designed only for short-term financial needs.
Another short-term alimony award which is appropriate when none of the other types of alimony apply. Generally appropriate for marriages between 7 and 17 years.
Generally only awarded in long term marriages. Award begins at time of dissolution of marriage and continues until the death of one of the parties or until the Court awards a modification.
A party can petition the Court to have his/her attorney’s fees paid by the other party. When deciding whether to order a party to pay the other’s attorney’s fees the Court considers the financial resources of the parties, among other factors. The greater the income of a party and disparity in the party’s incomes and earning potential, the more likely it is the Court will award attorney’s fees to the party in the less financially fortunate circumstances. Attorney’s fees can be awarded in divorce, paternity, support, modification, and post-judgment matters.