Divorce can be hard on a family. One of the many issues addressed is alimony, or spousal support. Alimony is a court-ordered payment, either on a continuing basis or one lump-sum, that one spouse provides to the other. The purpose of these payments is to help one spouse adjust to life after the divorce, especially if they are out of the workforce for some time. Unlike child support, alimony is not always required and the decision is left to the court.
Alimony can be granted based upon:
- Age and physical and emotional condition of each spouse
- Financial resources of each party
- Standard of living established during the marriage
- Length of the marriage
- Earning capacities of each spouse
- Contribution of each spouse to the marriage
Once a spouse has requested alimony payments, a divorce attorney can guide the former couple to an agreement outside of the court or bring the case to litigation in front of a judge. Are you wondering if you are eligible for alimony, want to modify your alimony payment, or looking to discuss your options? Consult with the Fort Myers alimony attorney at Daniels Law, P.A.