Understand Alimony And Know What To Expect

Also known as spousal support, alimony payments are a husband or wife's court-ordered financial provision following separation or divorce. If you are currently going through the divorce process, have been married for years, and earn substantially more than your spouse, it is very likely that you will have to pay some form of alimony. These payments can be either a temporary method to assist your spouse financially or a long-term solution for equalizing the standard of living.

During the divorce proceedings, both parties may negotiate alimony. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, a court of law may need to decide. Here at Zachary A. Vandyke, P.A., I can evaluate your specific financial situation and help either negotiate or fight for your best interests before a judge.

Some of the common factors that are used to determine alimony payments include:

  • The spouses standard of living during marriage
  • How long the marriage lasted
  • Age, physical condition and emotional status
  • The financial resources that each spouse has
  • Earning capacities
  • Education levels
  • Vocational skills and employability
  • Contributions made during the marriage
  • Responsibilities that each party will have with regard to minor children

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Please keep in mind that, while many factors go into determining alimony, fault with respect to the divorce and gender does not. When designing the structure of the payments, alimony may be paid in a lump sum, equal monthly installments, or some other type of arrangement according to the resources, needs, and desires of both parties.

If you are currently going through a divorce and need legal advocacy with regard to either receiving or paying alimony, I am the divorce attorney who can help. My services are available to clients anywhere in Panama City, Fort Walton Beach and Port Saint Joe.

Call my firm now at 850-851-0864 and schedule your free initial consultation! Se Habla Español!