Alimony/Spousal Support

Alimony in Florida generally refers to support payments paid by one spouse to another. The spouse requesting alimony must prove that he or she has the need for alimony and that the other spouse has the ability to pay alimony. Florida Statutes, Chapter 61.08 contains the specific factors that the court must consider in determining a spouse’s request for alimony, such as duration of the marriage, standard of living during the marriage, each party’s earning capacity, etc. There are several different types of alimony recognized by Florida law, such as temporary, bridge the gap, rehabilitative, durational, and permanent, as specified in Florida Statutes Chapter 61.08.  There are also tax consequences to consider regarding alimony payments.  It is important to understand whether or not alimony payments will be modifiable after the final judgment. Although there are guidelines for determining the amount of child support that should be paid between the parties, there are no comparable statutory guidelines for determining alimony.

Patricia Sciarrino is experienced in representing spouses in a dissolution of marriage proceeding with alimony issues. To learn more about alimony and to schedule your confidential consultation, please contact the law office of Patricia Sciarrino, P.A. at (772) 463-8017.

Patricia Sciarrino represents clients in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River & Okeechobee counties who reside in Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Port Saint Lucie, Fort Pierce and Okeechobee in marital and family law matters, including the following areas:

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