Jacksonville Alimony Lawyer
Spousal Support, Family, Divorce, & Military Alimony Cases in Florida
It can be a very challenging topic after divorce because of the emotional distress that the topic causes. It is a necessary obligation after divorce that allows the lower-earning spouse to make his or her way in the world. As a Jacksonville alimony attorney, I can help put together a spousal support agreement that effectively works with both parties.
What You Need To Know About Alimony
Alimony can depend upon the length of the marriage; the age, income, and employment history of each party; who your divorce judge is, and many other circumstances too numerous to mention.
You can read the statute here and see for yourself the complexity of the factors.
Many cases require the special experience of a board certified Jacksonville alimony lawyer to secure or defend against an alimony award. Then, it is not enough to determine whether or not an alimony award is warranted, your lawyer has to determine the correct type of alimony for your particular needs (or how to defend against paying that particular alimony). Military divorces may have special considerations.
There are subtle variations of each alimony type, the tax implications, and how to present your case to a particular divorce judge. There is more to it than just presenting testimony. The longer that you are married and the bigger the disparity of your incomes, the more alimony exposure there is in a divorce case. Length of the marriage also largely determines which type of alimony you receive. The structured settlement of your assets or property can affect the award as well.
Is Alimony Taxable in Florida?
The tax consequences of alimony depend on when the agreement was finalized. Due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, alimony paid in divorces finalized on or after January 1, 2019 is:
· Non-taxable to the recipient
· Non-deductible by the payor
These changes are not retroactive, meaning they do not affect agreements finalized before January 1, 2019. For these cases, alimony remains:
· A tax deductible to the paying party
· Taxable income for the recipient
Who Is Entitled to Receive Alimony in Florida?
In the case of dissolution of marriage, one party may require financial assistance through the means of the other party. This exchange of monetary funds after divorce is called alimony. The purpose of alimony is to eliminate unfair economic limitations of either party after a divorce. It is a continual monthly exchange of finances from the higher earning spouse to the lower-earning spouse.
During a proceeding for dissolution of marriage, the court can grant alimony to either party. There are different kinds of alimony which can be given; either:
The court can also decide whether this payment will be made in one lump sum or during set monthly periods. They will also take into consideration factors such as adultery and domestic abuse, when determining alimony. The primary determination of how much alimony, if any, should be granted, is whether or not either party has a need for spousal support.
It is my desire that you are able to receive the alimony you deserve and that your rights are fully protected no matter whether you are on the lower income or higher income side of the situation.
The court takes into consideration many factors, such as the length of marriage, when making the decision to grant alimony and how much. My firm can discuss your probability of receiving this payment and how much to expect. I can also help prepare an agreement that the courts may allow.
If you are in need of alimony or are involved in a dispute regarding spousal support, contact my firm so that we can work through this situation.