Alimony

Divorce Lawyer

One of the major issues in a divorce is alimony. If you are going through a divorce in the Tampa Bay area ,you will need an experienced divorce attorney who will fight for you to receive alimony. Alimony is support that is ordered in a divorce to be paid to support an ex-spouse. There are three major factors that the court weighs when determining whether to award alimony in a divorce: (1) the economic need of the party requesting alimony, (2) the financial ability of the other party to pay, and (3) the duration of the marriage. There are three types of alimony: Permanent Periodic Alimony, Rehabilitative Alimony, Lump Sum Alimony, and Bridge the Gap Alimony.


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In a divorce, both parties have the ability to conduct discovery on the other party. Methods of doing this include Requests for Production of Documents, Interrogatories, Requests for Admissions, issuing subpoenas, and the taking of depositions.

As your Florida divorce lawyer, I can file Motions which ask judge to grant temporary relief for matters such as custody, child support, alimony, exclusive

use of the marital home, and attorney fees. However, all judges require the parties to attempt to mediate these issues before allowing a hearing to be set.

Mediation is a process where the parties attempt to reach an agreement with the assistance of an impartial neutral third party. The mediator does not make any decisions, but only attempts to get the parties to enter into a Marital Settlement

Agreement. If the parties are able to reach an agreement, the judge will approve the agreement and enter a Final Judgment which incorporates the agreement into the Final Judgment. This way the agreement is no longer just a private contract, but a court order that can be punished by a Judicial Order of Contempt.

If the parties are unable to reach a settlement, then the case will be set for

a trial before the judge. Parties are not entitled to jury trials in family law cases. However, the same rules of evidence apply at a divorce trial as any other civil case. The judge will then enter a Final Judgment which legally dissolves the marriage and governs the division of the assets, establishes custody, visitation, and child support. It is important that your Florida divorce lawyer is

familiar with the Florida Rules of Evidence and Civil Procedure. If either party thinks that the judge made a legal mistake during the trial or the judge abused his discretion, that party can file an appeal to the appellate court for review. If the appellate court reverses the lower court?s ruling, it can send the case back to the original trial judge.