Reaching A Fair Alimony Or Spousal Support Agreement
When a divorce becomes an ugly or emotional mess, one of the areas of divorce that becomes especially complicated is the alimony and spousal support process. A spouse can quickly weaponize this area of divorce to use this money against you or leverage it to secure more in asset division or another area in the divorce.
Instead of letting alimony negotiations get out of hand, our team at Itzkowitz Law, PLLC, can advocate on your behalf to pursue a civil resolution that is fair for all parties involved. We are proud to help the Lutz community and the surrounding area with all aspects of their family law needs, and we work diligently to present and protect the truth in these cases.
How Alimony Is Calculated
There are many factors that a court will consider when determining spousal support, including the length of the marriage, the standard of living the couple shared during the marriage, the earning potential of each spouse, and what each spouse contributed to the marriage and family. Our goal as your legal representation is to ensure the court knows the reality of your unique situation so they can make a decision based on all the relevant information.
There has been a major change in the law concerning alimony that took effect in Florida on July 1, 2023, and we can guide you through this new landscape. These changes include the following:
- Elimination of permanent alimony in Florida.
- Limitation of Bridge-The-Gap Alimony, which provides a spouse with short-term support for a transition from married to not married, to no more than two years.
- Clarification of the requirements for Rehabilitative Alimony, which provide support while a spouse completes job training or college to re-enter the workforce, including a limitation of 5 years.
- Prohibition for awarding Durational Alimony in marriages that last less than three years, and a formula for the length of an award of durational alimony based on the length of the marriage.
- A formula for calculating alimony that effectively caps alimony at 35% of the difference between the two spouses’ income.
- Clarifying and simplifying the ability of a paying spouse to terminate alimony after retirement.
If you decide to try and resolve your divorce through negotiation, we are prepared to advocate for you to pursue an agreement that is amenable to everyone, given your special and specific circumstances.
We Are Here For You
No one should have to go through a divorce on their own. If you are ready to schedule your free initial consultation with us to take the first step in having someone you can count on by your side, contact us today. Call 813-461-6600 or email us here to meet with us and begin crafting a strategy for your divorce.