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Alimony & Spousal Support

In Florida, alimony, or “spousal support”, is a type of payment that may be ordered for one spouse to pay the other after a divorce. The purpose of alimony is to relieve any unfair economic burdens on the lower-wage-earning or the non-wage-earning spouse after a divorce.

In Florida, alimony is determined after the court has equitably distributed the couple’s assets and liabilities. Once that division is made, the court will delve into determining whether alimony ought to be paid, by whom, to whom, and what amount, if any. Spousal support can be granted to either the husband or the wife. Some types of alimony are as follows:

Rehabilitative Alimony: This kind of alimony may be awarded for a limited time and is used for the purpose of assisting in the redevelopment of skills and financial independence of the payee spouse. This is usually paid monthly or semi-monthly.

Bridge-the-Gap Alimony: This kind of alimony allows a party to make the transition from married to single life and it may be used for things such as buying a car or finding a place to live. This is usually paid as a lump sum or over a very short period of time.

Permanent Alimony: This continues monthly or semi-monthly until the payee spouse remarries or dies.

Durational Alimony: This is awarded only for a certain period of time. It is usually paid monthly or semi-monthly.

Lump-Sum Alimony: This is paid as one lump sum of either money or property.

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    We recognize that divorce is difficult, and that you are coming to us at a stressful and traumatic time in your life. It is our goal to make your life easier by providing you with the compassion, support, guidance and legal acumen you need to make the right choices. Read More Divorce

  • Alimony & Spousal Support


    Alimony & Spousal Support

    For many couples, an equitable division of property does not end with the valuation and distribution of their property. The court may also award a husband or wife alimony, or spousal support, to ensure that he or she is financially stable after the divorce. Read More Alimony & Spousal Support

  • Child Support


    Child Support

    Parents have an obligation not only to care for their children, but also to provide for them financially. Whether parents are married or not, the court ensures that both parents are contributing to a child’s financial needs through child support awards. Read More Child Support

  • Paternity & DNA Testing


    Paternity & DNA Testing

    When unmarried couples have a child, establishing legal paternity is ciritcal to ensuring your rights as a parent. Read More Paternity & DNA Testing

  • Child Custody & Parenting Plans


    Child Custody & Parenting Plans

    Decisions involving children are often the most difficult and important ones that parents must make. We are dedicated to helping parents work through these complicated and difficult issues to find viable solutions that serve the best interests of their children. Read More Child Custody & Parenting Plans

  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements


    Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

    Prenuptial agreements are contracts that allow couples who are planning for marriage to protect their assets if the marriage should end. Both parties will need their own experienced attorney guiding them through the process. Read More Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

  • Adoption & Family Building


    Adoption & Family Building

    If you are considering adoption or family building (IVF, surrogates, etc.), there are many legal aspects that must be considered before and during the process. Adkins Family Law can help you navigate all aspects of this complex area. Read More Adoption & Family Building

  • Post-Judgment Modifications


    Post-Judgment Modifications

    Families change and evolve with time, making it difficult for courts to implement orders that remain relevant, fair and beneficial to the family. When circumstances change, families can request to modify court orders to more adequately reflect their needs. Read More Post-Judgment Modifications

  • Domestic Violence


    Domestic Violence

    If you are a victim of domestic violence, there are many legal remedies available to you. We can help explain all of your options and provide legal and emotional support during this tough time. Read More Domestic Violence

  • Interstate Orders


    Interstate Orders

    Enforcing divorce and other family law related matters from other states can be challenging. Adkins Family Law can help protect your rights across state lines. Read More Interstate Orders


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