Permanent alimony is a type of financial support awarded in Florida to enable the spouse who earns less income to maintain a standard of living that he/she enjoyed during the marriage after a divorce. In most cases, permanent alimony is only given in cases of long-term marriage. While 20 years or more was considered long-term years ago in the state, today marriages that last a substantially fewer number of years (such as 14, 15, etc.) may be considered long-term. At Adams & Luka, our permanent alimony attorneys have the skill, experience, and dedicated approach necessary to achieve good results.
We know that as trusted family law attorneys, it is important not only to seek the results our clients desire and deserve, but to educate them about the processes they are going through as well. The issue of alimony is one that often sparks tension, anger, and arguments. We work to make the process as easy as possible, and to help you understand the requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for permanent alimony.Florida Permanent Alimony Lawyer Providing Aggressive Representation
Divorce is often a very complicated and complex process and laws regarding alimony may change occasionally, which is why it is imperative you choose a firm whose partners continue their education and who are knowledgeable regarding all areas of divorce and the various types of alimony. If you are seeking permanent alimony in your divorce, we urge you to contact Adams & Luka now.Permanent Alimony Law in Orlando and Throughout Florida
While there are a number of types of alimony, divorces in which permanent alimony is requested are the ones in which the stakes are highest. Essentially, spousal support is paid by the spouse earning the highest income to the spouse earning less. This payment continues until the spouse receiving the alimony remarries, one of the spouses die, or a change to the alimony agreement is granted by the court after being petitioned by one of the spouses.
In addition, the spouse who receives permanent alimony is typically required to report the tax as income, while the spouse who pays the alimony may use the payment as a tax deduction. Depending on the income of the spouses involved and the circumstances, the amount of permanent alimony that may be paid to a spouse is often substantial.Factors in Determining Whether Permanent Alimony is Required
As mentioned earlier, the length of the marriage is one factor that is considered in determining whether a spouse may be entitled to permanent alimony. Other factors that may affect whether you are awarded permanent alimony include:
- Whether the marriage dissolved because of adultery
- Tax consequences which may result due to award of alimony
- Recipient spouse's financial resources, including marital property awarded in divorce
- Each spouse's employability, capacity to earn, and educational history
- The emotional/physical condition and age of each spouse
- When children are involved, the responsibility/support obligation of each spouse
- Standard of living during the marriage
- Expense, time, education, and training required for the spouse receiving alimony to become self-sufficient
- All potential sources of financial support available to either spouse, including investment income
Whether you want to seek permanent alimony or desire to change the agreement set forth initially in your divorce proceedings, it is critical to work with an Orlando permanent alimony attorney who is experienced, capable, and believes in a personal approach to meet each client's needs. At Adams & Luka, our primary focus is to help you achieve the best possible results. We invite residents of Central Florida to call us today at (407) 872-0307 or (352) 787-2101.