Alimony in St Petersburg, FL
Alimony is based on one’s need for support and the other spouse’s ability to pay. In both instances, need and ability have to be quantified. Different types of alimony exist: permanent periodic alimony; durational alimony; rehabilitative alimony; and bridge-the-gap alimony. Factors to consider in deciding which alimony is more appropriate have to do with the length of marriage; age of the parties; health of the parties; extraordinary contributions to the marriage; and, earning capacity, to name a few. Sometimes a spouse may be voluntarily unemployed or under-employed. If this is the case, then the spouse in need will have the burden of “imputing” an earning capacity to the other spouse based on his/ her work history, qualifications, and the local job market. Loss of employment does not automatically mitigate one’s ability to provide support. A diligent job search must be undertaken to find comparable employment.
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Once the marital assets and debts are divided, then a court may consider spousal support, or what is commonly known as alimony. Alimony may be permanent, durational, rehabilitative, or bridge the gap. Entitlement to alimony/ obligation to pay alimony is based on one's need for a contribution towards his/ her support and the other spouse's ability to so contribute. Need and ability have to be quantified. In some instances, a Court may "impute" income to a spouse if he/ she is voluntarily under or unemployed.
The income earned from all available financial resources is also considered. If alimony is awarded, then same may need to later be enforced and/ or modified. If the alimony recipient takes up a supportive relationship, then the obligor may seek to modify/ terminate the alimony obligation (this is called, "cohabitation").
Modification and Enforcement of a Court order or final judgment.
A court has continuing jurisdiction to modify and enforce its court orders or final judgments. In order to modify an alimony award, the party seeking the modification must prove that something permanent, material and involuntary has occurred. Sometimes a party receiving alimony may take up a supportive relationship. The Court will evaluate a variety of factors to determine if a supportive relationship exists, which basically go to whether the cohabitating parties hold themselves out as if married.
Custody and visitation (timesharing) may also be modified but this requires that something unanticipated and material has arisen warranting a modification. Acrimony between the parents may not be sufficient to change the custody/ visitation arrangement. If a party is ordered to do something specific by the Court and he / she fails to comply, the Court may use its contempt powers to compel compliance.
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