Melbourne Alimony & Support Lawyers
Legal Assistance for Divorce Cases in Brevard County
Just because you have been
divorced or are seeking a divorce does not mean that you will be left to your own devices! The court takes
steps to ensure that you and your family are provided for after your divorce
or separation. An official legal agreement that outlines the payment plan
for either spouse is called alimony, or spousal support. These payments
are negotiated in court and serve to provide for a spouse who may not
be able to financially support his or herself for a variety of reasons
once he or she is separated from the other spouse.
While alimony payments are helpful, you can never expect to be in the same
situation later on that you were when you first got divorced. Both alimony and
child support payments can be renegotiated down the line; however, child support payments are
often easier to alter than alimony or spousal support agreements. No matter
what kind of agreement you are trying to negotiate, you will need a
Brevard County divorce attorney to protect your interests in court.
If you require your support payments to be renegotiated, our team at Henderson
& Futchko, P.A. can walk you through that process.
Contact our firm for a free consultation, and we can outline your options for re-negotiation.
How is alimony and spousal support negotiated?
The purpose of alimony is to ensure that the lower-earning spouse is not
left destitute as a result of the divorce. This means that the higher-earning
spouse will usually be the one that is responsible for assisting the other
for some period of time after divorce.
Alimony and support payments are determined using factors similar to those
taken into account when agreeing upon
division of assets:
- Economic standing of each spouse is taken into account, including ability
of either to provide for himself or herself.
Child custody arrangements are taken into account as well, including any
visitation rights or shared custody situations.
- Educational standing of each spouse is factored into alimony payments.
- Financial history of both parties is mapped out to determine potential
problems in the future.
Depending of the situation, spousal support and alimony can be paid in
periodic payments over a predetermined period of time or taken as one,
lump-sum amount. Or, spouses can choose to forego the idea of alimony
in exchange for some valuable piece of property that can help them maintain
Types of Alimony Available in Florida
There are many types of alimony expenses that can apply in your case, including
support throughout the divorce, for a very short period of time afterwards,
until the spouse receiving the alimony completes a plan for employment,
for an equal amount of time to the length of the marriage, and for the
rest of a person’s life. This will be addressed during the divorce
proceedings and depend on the financial need of the spouse receiving the
alimony in order to become self-supportive.
Whether you are paying or receiving spousal support in Brevard County,
you need to be sure that you are not being taken advantage of. Alimony
is one of the most contentious issues during a divorce, and many people
will go out of their way to lie about their resources in order to cheat
a spouse out of property that is rightfully theirs. With over 70 years
of combined experience, the
Brevard County family attorneys at Henderson & Futchko, P.A. have experienced a number of tactics
aimed at denying you the money you are so rightly owed.