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Should I Hire an Alimony Attorney?

On Behalf of | Sep 12, 2022 | Alimony, Family Law

It is never easy to divorce, and the emotional and physical strain it places on the individual can be devastating. A divorce attorney could assist you if you want to end your marriage with the least amount of inconvenience and impact possible.

Whether you’re negotiating your alimony amount or trying to change a prearranged amount, you can talk to an alimony attorney (also known as a spousal support attorney). Should your partner refuse to pay the agreed-upon amount, your lawyer can also file a lawsuit.

When to Consult an Alimony Lawyer

Our attorneys can help if:

A Divorce Is Taking Place. You may have questions about property division, spousal support, child custody, child support, when going through a divorce. Besides assisting you with all aspects of your divorce, we can also ensure your spouse treats you fairly during that process.

You Need to Change Alimony Agreement. A party’s income, business failure, retirement, or disability may change the terms of an existing alimony agreement. We can file motions on your behalf to make the arrangement less unfair, whether you are paying or receiving alimony payments.

An Order for Spousal Support Was Broken. Once an agreement for spousal support is made, it must be paid. Contact our law firm if payments are not made promptly. Our attorneys can aggressively pursue payment through bank account levies, contempt actions, and garnishments.

Types of Alimony

  • Temporary Alimony. This is a monthly payment made when a couple is separated or in divorce proceedings but not yet divorced. This can also include payments for daily expenses, divorce costs and continues until permanent alimony can be determined.
  • Rehabilitative Alimony. Where one ex-spouse is not financially self-sufficient, a judge can order rehabilitative alimony to provide financial support as they search for employment or receive training to enhance their employment skills. A fixed-term order is usually placed for this.
  • Reimbursement Alimony. One spouse pays for the other spouse’s education or training through this kind of alimony. The ex-spouse who sponsored the tuition costs must be repaid regularly, or at least a portion of what they paid.
  • Permanent Alimony. This is the amount awarded after divorce proceedings have concluded, repaid regularly. Permanent alimony is usually indefinite; however, if a party remarries or cohabits, the amount may change.
  • Lump-sum Alimony. The court may order a lump-sum payment instead of property if one ex-spouse does not want any items from the marriage. There are generally no other types of alimony that will be required to be paid to the recipient spouse other than lump-sum alimony.

The court can extend alimony for a longer period if there is a good reason. An alimony modification claim can be filed if you feel you need to receive alimony for longer than initially planned. You may be given an extension if:

  • There are clear and convincing reasons for the extension
  • Your circumstances change after alimony is determined

If you live in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Weston, Miami, West Palm Beach, or one of the other surrounding Florida communities and need an attorney, Hunker Appeals is here to provide a smooth path through the divorce process.

Call or email Hunker Appeals now to set up a consultation.

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