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Alimony / Spousal Support

Jacksonville Alimony Attorney

Florida Spousal Support Lawyer

As in other divorce-related matters, alimony and spousal support are gender-neutral; both men and women may need alimony or support. At the Law Office of Douglas A. Oberdorfer, P.A. in Jacksonville, Florida, I will represent you and fight for an amount that is equitable and fair to both you and your ex-spouse.

Determining the Amount of Support

Unlike child support, there are no strict formulas or calculations in determining alimony. At the Law Office of Douglas A. Oberdorfer, P.A., I will examine the inherent characteristics of your case and apply those facts to the existing laws. Spousal maintenance is based on the need of the receiving spouse and the ability to pay of the giving spouse. There are three categories of alimony: permanent, lump sum, and rehabilitative. Income will be calculated and a spouse who can be gainfully employed, but intentionally refuses to work, will be required to generate some type of income.

Factoring in Destructive Actions

Florida is a no-fault divorce state, which means that the parties are not required to prove fault or grounds for the divorce beyond a showing of an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage or irreconcilable differences. However, there are various statutory factors that an attorney can introduce into evidence when a judge or mediator is determining alimony. Adultery is considered a destructive action to the marriage, especially if marital assets were used during the adultery. If one spouse committed adultery, it can be a factor in identifying the final amount of spousal support.

Not Exclusive to Either Gender

The goal of alimony is for the recipient to maintain a similar lifestyle to the one that he or she enjoyed during the marriage. Gender is not a factor. If the wife was the primary earner, while the husband stayed at home to care for the children, he is entitled to spousal support. Conversely, if the husband worked outside the home, while the wife did not, she is entitled to spousal support.

For more information on determining alimony or spousal support or to schedule an appointment, please contact me.