Spousal Support (Not the Right Page)
Spousal support is one of the more challenging aspects of divorce. Breaking a family into two separate households is difficult. It’s not enough to simply divide all of the marriage’s current assets.
Add in the fear of the unknown and all of the other strong emotions that come with divorce, and you have a recipe for disaster.
The key to not getting lost in the drama and bad feelings is to realize that the goal of any divorce is to be fair. Both you and your spouse should give and receive only what is needed to ensure that the assets are split appropriately—nothing more and nothing less.
All too often, when a marriage ends, one spouse is in a more secure position to begin their next life while the other spouse isn’t. Spousal support, also known as alimony, is not designed to punish your spouse but to make sure both parties are set up for success.
AN AMICABLE DIVORCE
Approaching a divorce proceeding with the singular goal of just trying to “win,” is a guarantee that everyone (including you) will lose.
Often after a divorce, one spouse is in a far better position to thrive and succeed in the next stage of their life than the other. In these cases, the courts will order one of the spouses to provide financial aid to the other.
This is what is called spousal support or alimony.
There are four broad types of spousal support: bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational, and permanent.
Bridge-the-gap alimony is when a spouse only needs help for a short period of time as they transition from being married to being single. Rehabilitative alimony is similarly short-lived. It is used to help support a spouse who needs to either redevelop previous skills or acquire the education and training necessary to transition to living on their own. Durational alimony is established for a set period of time, not to exceed the length of the marriage itself. And permanent alimony, which is only utilized when there are no other fair or reasonable options, has no specific end date. The support continues until the death of one of the spouses, or when the spouse receiving the support gets remarried.
The judge in your case will consider a wide variety of factors, including the length of the marriage, each spouse’s earning capacity, and the financial resources for you and your spouse.
While Florida law doesn’t provide any guidelines for establishing spousal support, typically, the amount of support equals between 20-40% of the payor’s income.
THE LEAP FROG DIVORCE METHOD
At Leap Frog Divorce, it’s our goal to make sure that your level of spousal support (whether you’re paying or receiving it) is fair and reasonable.
If you make more money than your spouse, we’ll work with you to make sure that you know what to expect and that all factors are considered so that you and your spouse are both able to start your new lives properly. If your spouse was the primary breadwinner, we’ll guide you through the transition from married to single and make sure you have the resources needed to feel secure.
ABOUT LEAP FROG DIVORCE
I’m AJ Grossman, founder of Leap Frog Divorce. I have a post-doctorate Master of Laws degree in Dispute Resolution and am a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. I am also trained in Collaborative Divorce, which is a method that allows both spouses to agree to a divorce settlement without the need to first go to the courts (saving time, money, and stress). I also volunteer with several groups, including the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals. I have served on the Board of Directors for the Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida. My goal every day is to help people solve their problems by providing them with solutions and giving them hope.
My clients benefit from my experience, knowledge, reputation, and—if needed—aggressive advocacy as I help guide them through the divorce process and transition into the next stage of their life.
You shouldn’t go through this alone. You need someone in your corner who not only understands the specific laws in Florida but also knows what you’re going through. Schedule your first strategy session with me today so I can offer guidance and suggestions on how to get back to living your best life.