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, such as:
- 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 their lifestyle.
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 75 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.
Get aggressive help for your spousal support issue in Florida! Contact our family law attorneys today to protect your best interests.