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Understanding Alimony | Protecting Your Interests

There are a number of factors that affect an alimony determination. In general, the state of Florida is neutral, meaning the court does not favor either the payee or the recipient of alimony payments. Instead, the court uses a statute that lists the factors involved in a marriage. If there is one factor that is perhaps given more weight than the others, it is the length of a marriage. If all other factors are equal, the court will award a higher alimony amount in the divorce of a couple after a 15-year marriage in comparison to a 10-year marriage.

Our AV* rated lawyer, Mark Howard, has handled a number of divorces with contentious alimony or spousal maintenance issues. Attorney Howard is a Tampa alimony attorney you can trust to protect your interests.

Factors Affecting Alimony Determinations

Some of the factors below are open to debate, and others are not. For example, the earning capability of each party is a debatable area where a skilled and experienced family law attorney can be a significant asset. In that case, we would conduct a vocational evaluation to determine the value of the skills and experience in today's market. The factors that affect alimony determinations in Florida are:

  • Standard of living during marriage
  • Duration of marriage
  • Age and physical/emotional condition of each party
  • Financial resources (assets) of each party
  • Earning capability of each party
  • Contributions made during marriage
  • Parenting responsibilities
  • Tax consequences to each party
  • Income available to each party, including investment income

As you can see from the list above, some of these factors are very broad. For example, a contribution to the marriage can be the role of homemaker and career building of the other party, as well as relocation for employment of the other party.

Contact Our Tampa/St. Petersburg Spousal Support Attorney

Our spousal maintenance law firm offers a free initial consultation. Please call 813-282-3563. You may also contact us via e-mail to schedule an initial free consultation.

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Family law attorney Mark S. Howard, P.A., based in Tampa, represents individuals and small businesses in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, Plant City, Temple Terrace, Lakeland, Bloomingdale, Riverview, Gibsonton, Land O' Lakes, Pinellas Park, Largo, Safety Harbor, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Oldsmar and Gulfport as well as other cities within Hillsborough County or Pinellas County, Florida.