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Spousal support, or alimony, is a legal obligation for one spouse to provide monetary assistance to the other more financially disadvantaged spouse. The state of Florida does not recognize common law marriage, so alimony only applies to a marriage legally acknowledged by the court.

If you are considering divorce and want to understand how alimony may factor into your situation, let a Fort Myers divorce attorney from our firm help. The dedicated legal team at Powell, Jackman, Stevens & Ricciardi, P.A. is both compassionate in our interactions with clients and aggressive in protecting their rights.

We offer free case evaluations to get you started, and ensure that we are accessible to you throughout the entire legal process. Contact us today to schedule your appointment! Se habla Español.

Types of Alimony in Florida

In order for a case for alimony to be successful, the requesting spouse must have a legitimate need for financial support and the other spouse must have the ability to pay the alimony. If that fact can be fully demonstrated, a family law court will determine the type of alimony most fitting for the situation.

These types include:

  • Permanent periodic alimony
  • Lump sum alimony
  • Rehabilitation alimony
  • Bridge-the-gap alimony

Permanent Alimony

In permanent alimony, payments continue until the death of either person or until the recipient remarries or, in some circumstances, cohabitates. Permanent alimony is usually granted in a marriage of 17 years or more where there is income inequality. For marriages under 17 years, alimony awards vary depending on the circumstances of each case. Lump sum alimony is paid to the recipient all at once but is only granted when ongoing payments are not realistic.

Rehabilitation Alimony

Rehabilitation alimony is given to the receiving spouse for a limited time to allow him or her the ability to train, get a job and become self-supporting. It is most frequently awarded to a spouse who has been the primary caretaker for children and needs time and education in order to become employable. In bridge-the-gap alimony, one spouse is given assistance in the short term to help him or her find a job, move to a new home, or cover other divorce-related debts.

How will the type of alimony be determined by the court?

When making a decision regarding alimony, the court will take several different factors into consideration—including need and ability to pay. If there is a need for alimony, the court will first need to determine whether or not the other spouse has the ability to pay it.

When deciding what type of alimony to award, and for how long, the court will consider the following factors:

  • The standard of living that was established during the marriage
  • The age and physical and emotional condition of each spouse
  • The financial resources of the spouse seeking alimony, including separate property
  • Each spouse's earning capacity, employability, vocational skills, etc.
  • The length of the marriage
  • Each spouse's contribution to the marriage (i.e. homemaking, child care)
  • The role each spouse will have in caring for any shared children

In total, there are 21 factors that the court will take into consideration when making a determination about alimony. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you discuss the specific nature of your case with a qualified divorce lawyer in Fort Myers, FL. At Your Advocates, we can work with you to build a personalized and effective case.

Don't wait – get the help you need today!

Divorce or dissolution of marriage is not an easy process. It is emotionally draining and time consuming for the spouses and their families. Let a trusted divorce lawyer in Fort Myers help ease the burden by providing excellent legal advice and the most compassionate service. We will not rest until your case is resolved, and our team is exceptionally skilled in matters surrounding spousal support.

Contact our Fort Myers alimony attorneys right away to get started. ¡El abogado habla español!​

Meet Our Attorneys

  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana Partner
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Jorge Santana Partner
    Jorge Santana

    Attorney Jorge J. Santana, Jr. is an American born Cuban-American, fluent in both English and Spanish. Jorge left Miami to join us here in beautiful and peaceful Fort Myers, Florida in March 2015. He has an extreme love for the law, which is only overshadowed by his desire to help all those in need. His reputation for fairness, hard work and honesty is respected by all his clients and attorneys. Read More

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