Alimony Attorneys Jacksonville

Who gets spousal support and why? What type of alimony?
How much? When? And for how long?

How is Alimony Determined?

Alimony is money paid from one spouse to the other for the purpose of support in a divorce action. An award of alimony is based on the financial needs of each spouse and the ability of the paying spouse to contribute to the receiving spouse.

Determining the entitlement, the amount, the duration, and the type of support/alimony are critical issues for each spouse in divorce. In Florida, unlike child support, there is no standard formula and computation that determines the amount of alimony, but rather a complex combination of factors.

Whether you are the “payor” spouse (paying alimony) or the “payee” spouse, (receiving alimony), your Family Support/Alimony legal team at Treece & Treece, Tom and Debra Treece, will address these issues from both perspectives.

How is the Amount of Alimony Determined?

The amount of alimony to be paid is based on two very important factors:

  • The ability of the spouse with the higher income to pay
  • The needs of the receiving or dependent spouse.

What Factors do the Courts Consider to Establish Alimony?

In assessing the amount, type, and duration of alimony, the Florida Courts take into account factors such as:

  • The length of the marriage;
  • The standard of living acquired during the marriage;
  • Each party’s contribution to the marriage, whether inside the home or outside the home;
  • Educational resources;
  • The ages and physical/emotional health of the parties; and
  • Each party’s financial resources, including both marital and non-marital assets.

What are the Types of Alimony?

Florida Law provides several types of alimony for which a spouse may qualify, such as:

  • Temporary or Short-term;
  • Bridge-the-Gap;
  • Rehabilitative;
  • Lump Sum; and/or
  • Permanent.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Please carefully review the following questions prior to our first consult to help you define the issues relating to your specific family matter.

  1. How is alimony determined?
  2. In evaluating my need and entitlement for financial assistance from my spouse, what are the legal criteria to qualify for certain types or combinations of alimony?
  3. What are the tax consequences of receiving or paying alimony?
  4. What purpose does each type of alimony serve during or after divorce?
  5. Do extra-marital affairs affect alimony?
  6. If I am awarded alimony but decide to remarry, is my alimony affected?
  7. How can I modify alimony payments?
  8. What happens if the either spouse loses his/her job through no fault? Or voluntarily leaves employment?
  9. What if either spouse is underemployed or unemployed? What happens if one spouse’s salary is greatly reduced or increased?
  10. Will alimony payments stop upon paying spouse’s death?

Whether you are paying alimony or receiving alimony, we will analyze your financial matters to determine your rights and exposure to Florida’s alimony laws. We will ensure that you understand the “Why?,” the “How Much?,” the “How Long?,” and the “What Types?” of alimony that me be applicable in your case.

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If you are seeking an informed analysis of your family situation, advice regarding your legal rights, and guidance resolving these issues, please contact Treece & Treece at (904) 737-1771 or email us at to schedule a consultation.

We serve clients in Jacksonville, Duval County, Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine, St. John’s County, Fernandina, Yulee, Amelia Island, Nassau County; MacClenny, Glen St. Mary, Sanderson, Taylor, Baker County, Green Cove Springs, Kingsley Lake, Clay County, Starke, and Bradford County.