Spousal Support Lawyer in Gainesville

Florida Family Law Attorney – (352) 480-0088

In many divorces, couples are not to the point where they want to fight over every single detail. Taking the needs of the other into account is still second nature, and so discussing spousal support – sometimes called alimony – amounts begins. This is, however, often where disagreements start and the ease of an uncontested divorce is jeopardized.

At Swanson Law Center, P.A., our Gainesville divorce lawyers believe in the importance and benefits of a collaborative approach to divorce. If you need help settling spousal support disputes, or just figuring out the right amount, you can turn to us for the trusted and caring legal guidance you expect and deserve.

  • People all around Florida lean on us due to our accolades and accomplishments:
  • 30+ years family law experience
  • “Superb” Avvo rating (Attorney Swanson)
  • Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist (Adoption Law)

Come discover what we can do for you and your family. Contact us online today or call (352) 480-0088.

Why Spousal Support Could Be Necessary

The divorce court does not want to make your life or your spouse’s life much more difficult due to the outcome of a divorce. It is stated that whatever standard of living was established during the marriage, it should be adequately maintained for both spouses when the marriage is over. Spousal support is therefore most often necessary when one spouse made significantly more income than the other, such as a situation where one spouse stayed home to raise children or take care of the house. By rebalancing incomes to a certain extent, the court intends on rebalancing standards of living.

How Florida Calculates Alimony

Spousal support begins initially with discussions between both spouses, or perhaps their divorce attorneys if they cannot get along. If the requested spousal support amount is deemed acceptable by the other, they can sign off on it then and there and present the paperwork to the court. In this scenario, almost any amount can be offered. If an agreement cannot be made, the court will decide the alimony amount for both spouses.

  • Variables considered when the court decides spousal support include:
  • Net income of both spouses
  • Duration of the marriage
  • Age of supported spouse
  • Each party’s contributions to the marriage
  • Potential tax consequences
  • Health of each spouse

In general, alimony will increase if the marriage lasted more than 7 years, the age of the supported spouse is older than 40, and there is a great difference between both incomes.

Work Together Towards a Comfortable Tomorrow

Our Gainesville family law attorneys are always willing to hear new cases from clients in need. For years, helping families through difficult times has been our true passion. If you would like to discuss your spousal support concerns with us and learn how collaboration can advance your case, call (352) 480-0088 today.

Do not hesitate to call Swanson Law Center, P.A. for a case evaluation at (352) 480-0088