Am I Eligible for Alimony?
Alimony may be awarded to you in certain divorce cases. An award of alimony is not guaranteed and will depend upon several different factors. If alimony is ordered, it generally will be for a specified period of time, or until certain events such as death or your remarriage occurs. To learn whether you may be eligible for alimony, contact a Bradenton divorce lawyer from the Law Offices of Matthew Z. Martell, P.A.
What factors are considered in determining eligibility for alimony?
A court will consider several factors in determining whether to award alimony. The purpose of alimony generally is to assist a divorcing spouse in reaching the point where she can provide for her reasonable financial needs. Some factors a court may consider include:
- Age and health
- Employment and earning history
- Education and employment skills
- The standard of living enjoyed during the marriage
- The spouse’s living expenses and actual financial needs
- The time needed for the spouse to become self-supporting; and
- The length of the marriage
There is no set formula in determining the amount of alimony. A court may consider several factors that it deems as relevant to the analysis. If a court awards alimony, then it must specify the amount to be paid, when it is to be paid, and for how long it must be paid. Even if a court awards alimony, that support may terminate if certain events occur, such as end of a durational term, remarriage, death, or cohabitation.
Why should you contact an attorney?
Because alimony cases are complex and involve various legal considerations, you would be well served by working with a Sarasota divorce attorney. A Sarasota divorce lawyer will provide good legal advice and representation. Contact the Law Offices of Matthew Z. Martell, P.A. to learn how a Bradenton divorce lawyer can help you to get alimony.