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Fort Walton Beach Alimony Lawyer

Shalimar, Florida, Spousal Support Attorney

Commonly referred to as alimony, spousal support is one of the most misunderstood parts of a divorce settlement. Not all spouses receive spousal support, as numerous factors go into determining whether it is granted. If you are seeking spousal support or your spouse is seeking to have you pay spousal support, it is in your best interest to contact me, spousal support lawyer Steven J. Gilpatrick.

I look forward to answering your questions regarding spousal support. To arrange a consultation, call my firm at 850-651-4488.

Understanding Spousal Support

Several recent changes were made to spousal support laws. Unlike child support, which is based on a formula, spousal support is not subjected to any formula. For this reason, it is one of the most litigated issues in divorce cases. In determining how much, if any, spousal support should be awarded, several issues are considered, such as:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The respective financial situations of each spouse
  • The earning capacities of each spouse
  • The educational levels of each spouse

In some cases, spousal support is short and temporary. Other spousal support can be permanent or until the party remarries. Support can also be lowered or cease when the receiving spouse begins cohabitating with another partner.

Contact a Fort Walton Beach Alimony Attorney

Whether you are seeking spousal support or believe you should not have to pay it as part of your divorce settlement, I can help you reach an outcome that protects your rights. Contact me today for a consultation.