Protection Against An Uncertain Future
Spousal support — also known as alimony — is crucial to ensuring that both members of a divorce emerge on sound financial footing. Whether you will be receiving spousal support or making support payments, you want to feel confident that the amount was determined fairly and in your best interests.
The law office of Beth M. Terry, P.A., provides vigorous representation to both types of clients: Those receiving support payments and those making support payments. We work closely with our clients, addressing their concerns and striving to achieve favorable legal outcomes.
Types Of Spousal Support
Serving clients in Jacksonville and throughout northeast Florida, Beth M. Terry is knowledgeable about the types of support and the factors involved in determining support. Types of support include:
Temporary — This is alimony awarded to make sure all household bills and needs are met during divorce proceedings.
Bridge-the-gap — Another form of short-term alimony, this is meant to help ease the dependent spouse's transition from marriage to single life.
Permanent — A long-term alimony, this is awarded to ensure that the dependent spouse maintains the standard of living that was provided during the marriage.
Durational — Durational alimony is designated to provide financial assistance for a certain amount of time for short-term and moderate-term marriages. The duration of alimony cannot exceed the length of the marriage.
Lump sum — This is a predetermined payment, paid all at once or in installments. Lump sum alimony is not subject to modification.
Rehabilitative — This is awarded as a means to help dependent spouses become self-supporting by means of acquiring skills and credentials through education or work experience.
The courts consider a number of factors when determining support, including financial need, ability to pay, length of the marriage, standard-of-living during the marriage, and the spouses' age and health.