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Florida Alimony Attorney Ensures Your Interests Are Protected

Knowledgeable lawyer helps clients in the Highlands County and surrounding areas achieve fair spousal support decisions

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 one spouse must provide the other with monetary support, also known as alimony or spousal support. At Law Office of Patricia Lynch Franklin, P.A., Ms. Franklin has extensive experience guiding clients in the Highlands, Hardee and Polk County areas and throughout Florida in divorce actions involving alimony. Whether you are the recipient of spousal support or must pay it, Ms. Franklin offers skilled counsel to ensure a result that protects your financial future.

Committed Florida counselor looks out for clients’ financial security

When determining whether or not alimony should be granted, how much should be awarded, and how long it should continue, Florida judges weigh certain factors, including 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 attorney can help you convince the court that you need support, increasing the chance that alimony will be awarded. Alternatively, Ms. Franklin can also work to convince the judge that your ex-spouse does not need spousal support or needs less than he or she requested.

There are four types of alimony agreements that may be available to you:

  • Bridge the Gap alimony. This type of alimony helps the dependent ex-spouse make the transition from being married to being single.  Bridge the gap alimony is for the purpose of assisting a spouse with legitimate identifiable short-term needs, which may not exceed 2 years.
  • Rehabilitative alimony. Rehabilitative alimony helps a dependent spouse become self-reliant and may end when an ex-spouse has found a job or has completed his or her education.
  • Durational alimony. Durational alimony may be awarded to provide a former spouse with economic assistance for a set period of time after a short, moderate or long term marriage where there is no need for permanent alimony.
  • Permanent alimony. Permanent alimony may be awarded after a long-term marriage to provide for the needs and necessities of life for a former spouse who lacks the financial ability to meet his or her needs after the dissolution of marriage, when no other form of alimony would be fair and reasonable under the circumstances.

Alimony may be awarded on a temporary or permanent basis, set for a  designated period of time or as a lump sum payment, depending on the circumstances.  However, an award of alimony must not leave the payor with significantly less net income than the net income of the recipient in the absence of exceptional circumstances.

Committed advocate handles alimony disputes and revisions

At Law Office of Patricia Lynch Franklin, P.A., Ms. Franklin represents clients who are seeking alimony as well as those who will be required to pay it. Clients are often concerned about whether they are required to pay alimony if their circumstances change. Others seek help if they are not receiving the alimony payments specified in the agreement or judgment. Ms. Franklin helps clients present evidence to the court as to why the amount being paid should be increased or decreased, or request that the court properly enforce the existing alimony agreement or judgment.

Contact an experienced Florida family law attorney for alimony assistance

At Law Office of Patricia Lynch Franklin, P.A., Ms. Franklin is dedicated to working toward a favorable alimony result for clients throughout Highlands, Hardee and Polk Counties. Call 863-304-8016 or contact me online to schedule a consultation at my Sebring office.