When you and your spouse divorce, there are a number of decisions you need to make that will have a long-term impact on your quality of life. One of the decisions the Florida courts generally make on behalf of those involved is whether or not you are required to provide your spouse with monetary support, which is also known as alimony or spousal support. At Ferry and Ferry in Pensacola, our family law attorneys have substantial experience representing clients in Pensicola whose lives are greatly affected by alimony.
Alimony is one of the most frequently fought-over issues in divorce, and while courts and lawyers strive to split marital assets equitably, “equitable” does not necessarily mean “equal.” Our lawyers always work to limit the amount of alimony that you are required to pay.
When determining whether or not alimony should be granted, how much should be awarded and for how long it should continue, Florida judges carefully appraise a couple’s length of marriage, their standard of living during the marriage, the relative income of each individual, and the needs of each spouse. Retaining an experienced alimony attorney can help you convince the court that your former spouse does not need alimony because they are capable of supporting themselves. Alternatively, we can also work to convince the judge that your ex-spouse needs less than he or she asked for.
In Florida, there are four types of alimony agreements:
Our attorneys work with you to limit all spousal support awards.
At Ferry and Ferry, our attorneys represent clients who wish to have a spousal support award reduced or ended. In many cases, the law allows for these changes. Support awards are often changed after:
We can help you present evidence to the court as to why the amount you pay should be decreased or request that the court properly enforce the alimony agreement.