A divorce can be a very stressful and emotionally taxing experience which can leave you feeling uncertain about the future, especially in cases where money is a major concern. You may be wondering how you’ll get the money you need to live, especially if you lack the skills or knowledge required to get a job because your spouse was always the primary earner.
The divorce process can be complicated further if you are experiencing challenges as you attempt to work out the details of your divorce, such as the division of assets, child support and custody and financial support.
Alimony or spousal support can provide you with funds to maintain your standard of living or to help bridge the financial gap as you transition from married life to single life. In some circumstances, financial support can be awarded on a permanent basis.
Getting financial support in Florida or any other state can be a challenge if you don’t have an experienced divorce lawyer. Boca Raton alimony attorney Tina L. Lewert, of The Lewert Law Offices, specializes in family law. She is a board-certified specialist in family law and divorce who can help you get financial support or assist if your former partner is not paying alimony in accordance with a prior agreement or court order.
As one of the most well-respected Boca Raton alimony lawyers, Attorney Lewert is also a Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. This means she can serve as a neutral third party to help you and your soon-to-be spouse to arrive at an agreement for financial support, division of assets, child support and child custody, amongst other issues.
If you need help getting alimony in Florida, turn to a top Florida divorce lawyer. Trust your case to Attorney Tina Lewert of The Lewert Law Offices. Call today to obtain a free and confidential case evaluation. Call 561-220-0123.
Common Questions When Seeking Alimony or Spousal Support in Florida
A premier Boca Raton financial support attorney, divorce lawyer and board-certified professional in family law, Attorney Tina Lewert believes that knowledge can be empowering. When you know what to expect, you can plan and prepare more effectively. This eliminates some of the stress, while enabling you to prepare a strong case for spousal support.
The following are a few of the most common questions on getting alimony and spousal support in Florida.
Do I Have to Go to Court to Get Alimony in Florida?
In cases where both spouses are in agreement on the terms of their divorce — including alimony payments — you may not need to appear before a judge. This is called an uncontested divorce and these cases can often be finalized quickly and outside of the courtroom.
If you and your soon-to-be former spouse cannot arrive at an agreement for spousal support, you may need to go to court where a judge can rule on the matter.
What Happens if I Have a Prenuptial Agreement that Addresses Alimony?
If your prenuptial agreement addresses the topic of financial support, then this document is typically guides the courts as they determine how much, if any, financial support is awarded.
I Don’t Have a Prenuptial Agreement. Can I Still Get Alimony?
It is typically possible to get financial support even if a pre-marital agreement was not drafted prior to your marriage.
What is Mediation? How Can It Help Me Get Alimony from My Husband/Wife?
If you’re seeking alimony in Florida, mediation can be an effective tool as it allows you and your spouse to negotiate in an out-of-court environment. You can negotiate financial support/spousal support, child support, child custody, division of assets and other issues related to your divorce.
When a case is settled through mediation, it tends to be finalized sooner. If your divorce must be handled in the family courts, the process can be more time-consuming, lasting many months or even longer.
The mediation process should always be overseen by a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator such as Attorney Tina L. Lewert.
How Long Do I Need to Wait to Get Alimony?
The divorce process can take many months, particularly if the divorce is contested and both parties cannot arrive at an agreement on the division of assets, child support, child custody and spousal support.
The courts recognize that divorce can be a time-consuming process, so you can usually seek out temporary alimony, which is alimony that is awarded only while the divorce proceedings take place. Temporary alimony can often be obtained in a matter of a few weeks.
Are There Different Kinds of Alimony?
Yes, there are several types of alimony. Bridge-the-gap alimony is temporary and it’s designed to help a spouse to transition from married life to single life.
Rehabilitative alimony is designed to provide support for a period of anywhere from a few months or a few years while the spouse seeks out training and education so they can obtain a job that would allow them to cover the costs of living.
Permanent alimony is usually only awarded in the case of moderate-term and long-term marriages (though some short-term marriages can also be eligible.) This is designed to provide funds to a spouse on a permanent basis in cases where they cannot make enough money to afford the standard of living that they enjoyed during their marriage.
Durational alimony is usually awarded in the case of moderate-term and long-term marriages with circumstances that do not fall into any of the aforementioned categories. The duration of the alimony payments do not typically exceed the timeframe for the length of the marriage with this type of spousal support.
What Factors Affect How Much Alimony I Receive?
How much you receive in financial support (and for how long) can be determined by many factors, such as the length of your marriage, your income relative to your spouse’s income and your ability to earn money in the future.
Can I Still Get Alimony if I Get Remarried?
If an alimony recipient gets remarried, the alimony payments typically cease unless extraordinary circumstances exist (i.e. a pre-marital agreement that explicitly states that financial support payments can continue if the recipient remarries.)
My Ex Isn’t Paying Alimony Per Court Orders. Can You Help?
If your former spouse is not paying alimony in accordance with your agreement and court orders, you may go before a judge to request assistance and intervention. The spouse who has been ordered to pay alimony may also be found in contempt.
Picking a Boca Raton Alimony Lawyer
Selecting from the many Boca Raton alimony attorneys can be a challenge, but it’s a crucial first step as you work to get spousal support and/or complete your divorce.
A reputable Florida family law attorney will typically provide you with a free case evaluation, which serves as an opportunity to discuss the facts in your case. You may also use this opportunity to ask questions that will help you choose a lawyer to help you get spousal support. Common questions include:
- Do you specialize in family law and alimony?
- Do you have any special certifications or credentials?
- Can you provide family law mediation services?
- What fees and payment structure shall I expect if I hire you/your firm?
Asking questions such as these will help you choose a qualified Florida divorce lawyer to handle your case.
If you need assistance from a family law attorney to complete your divorce or to help you get alimony in Florida, turn to one of the top Boca Raton spousal support attorneys: Tina L. Lewert of The Lewert Law Offices. For a free confidential consultation, call 561-220-0123.