If you’re currently working your way through a divorce, remaining informed is one of the best ways to understand the many different legal documents and decisions coming your way. In particular, you don’t want to be caught off-guard by Florida’s child support and alimony procedures. Here are the most important facts that you should know.
Child Support in Florida
The Florida court system uses an “Income Shares Model” to determine child support. This means that the judge does his best to estimate the amount of money the parents would spend on their child if they remained married. This amount is divided between the two parents based on their incomes. There are countless rules and variations to this child support model, many of which only seasoned lawyers can really understand.
Alimony in Florida
Alimony is a payment made from one spouse to the other after a divorce. It is not determined using a specific formula in Florida, but rather by taking a number of factors into consideration. In a contested divorce, the judge evaluates the standard of living established during the marriage, the length of the marriage, and the age and health of each spouse. He also looks at the resources of each party, as well as the financial and non-financial contributions each spouse made to the marriage.
Once all factors have been assessed, the divorce judge must determine what alimony ruling will best level the playing field between both spouses. There are a number of types of alimony that a judge can assign to accommodate each specific situation. A “bridge the gap” alimony is temporary in nature and simply designed to help one spouse transition into unmarried life and still pay necessary bills. Durational and permanent alimony are also common. While durational alimony is usually awarded after a short or moderate-term marriage, permanent alimony is commonly awarded after long-term marriages in which one spouse cannot maintain the necessities and general needs of life without support.
You don’t want to navigate the world of child support and alimony alone, so it is essential to always have an experienced and talented legal team by your side. North Tampa Law Group serves Hillsborough and Pasco Counties with superior family law services, including alimony and child support. Call 813-518-7411 to request a consultation today.