Gainesville Alimony Lawyers

While there was a lot of noise made during the last few years regarding alimony in Florida, the Florida Legislature did not overhaul the alimony system. If you have questions about how alimony laws will apply to you if you file for divorce, we here at Hertz & Kearns in Gainesville, Florida, have a deep knowledge of family law that will be able to answer most of your questions.

Alimony And Child Support Attorneys Serving Alachua County, Marion County And Beyond

There are statutory guidelines to determining alimony in Florida. For example, if your marriage lasted less than seven years, there is a presumption against alimony being awarded. If your marriage lasted longer than seven years, you or your spouse may be entitled to:

  • Permanent alimony, which is awarded to spouses who cannot financially provide for themselves. Permanent alimony is awarded in order to maintain the same standard of living enjoyed during the marriage. This type of alimony is common for marriages that lasted at least 17 years.
  • Rehabilitative alimony, awarded for a period of time to help a spouse develop skills in order to be self-sufficient. For example, you may need to pay rehabilitative alimony so that your ex-spouse can go back to college to learn new skills in order to be employable.
  • Durational alimony, which lasts for a set amount of time if permanent alimony is not warranted.
  • Bridge-the-gap alimony, which is awarded to help an ex-spouse with transitional expenses. It does not last longer than two years.

Much like alimony is ordered to help one spouse maintain a certain standard of living, child support is ordered in many family law matters involving children to help the custodial parent provide for the children's well-being. We represent parents in all matters involving child support. Also much like alimony, situations may change affecting a parent's ability to pay. We may be able to help clients with modifying child support orders.

Do Not Negotiate On Your Own. Call Hertz & Kearns.

Contact our office today to speak with an experienced lawyer about protecting your rights when it comes to child support and alimony payments. Whether you are the payee or the payor, we will forcefully advocate on your behalf. Call 352-378-2268 to schedule a free consultation. We accept credit cards.