Sarasota Alimony Attorney
Protecting Your Financial Future
At McDermott Law Offices, PLLC, we are committed to protecting the legal rights and financial interests of our clients. Whether you are seeking alimony or are obligated to pay it, we understand the financial impact that an alimony agreement can have on your life, and we are dedicated to helping you reach a favorable settlement.
Request a consultation with our firm today by calling (941) 837-5071 or filling out our online form.
About Permanent Alimony
Permanent alimony is an often misunderstood legal concept. Many people mistakenly believe that if they receive permanent alimony, they will never be able to work again and will be financially dependent on their ex-spouse. This is not true in Florida. The purpose of permanent alimony is to ensure that one spouse has the financial resources to maintain a standard of living that is comparable to the one they enjoyed during the marriage.
In Florida, permanent alimony is awarded only in cases in which one spouse is unable to meet their needs due to a disability or a job that does not pay well. Permanent alimony is not awarded to spouses who are capable of supporting themselves through their own job or source of income. In these cases, temporary alimony may be awarded instead.
The amount of permanent alimony awarded in Florida will vary based on the needs of the recipient and the ability of the payor to pay. Factors that a Florida judge may consider when determining the amount of permanent alimony include:
- the duration of the marriage
- each spouse's financial circumstances
- the ability of the non-debtor spouse to work due to age, health, etc.
If you are considering permanent alimony, or are being asked to pay it, it is important to understand your rights and obligations under Florida law. Our firm can help you protect your rights in this matter.
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