Alimony and Spousal Support

Couples who are divorcing often wonder whether they will be entitled to receive, or will need to pay, alimony and spousal support. In Florida, alimony is not automatically awarded and is based on a variety of factors, including the length of the marriage, income levels of both spouses, earning capacity of the spouses, the existence of prenuptial agreements, and others. Additionally, Florida child support can become a contested component of a divorce.

Highly Informed Representation

Charles D. Jamieson has expertly represented the best interests of his clients for over 30 years. He has a wide range of knowledge and experience, and continually educates himself in all matters relating to alimony and spousal support. This benefits clients in the most complex cases where large estates, asset protection, and other monetary issues may be involved. An avid proponent of continuing education in the various aspects of family law, Mr. Jamieson has been a frequent guest presenter at seminars on divorce related issues within the state of Florida and elsewhere. Listening carefully to his clients’ priorities helps him articulate their needs to the family law court to protect their lifestyle.

Alimony and Spousal Support in Florida

Alimony and spousal support is unlike child support; no statutory alimony guidelines exist in Florida. Instead, alimony is based primarily on the needs of the spouse requesting spousal support and the ability of the spouse with superior earning capacity to pay.

There are several forms of alimony available, including permanent periodic alimony, where a spouse receives alimony for the duration of his or her single life. Rehabilitative alimony may be awarded when a spouse needs help to pursue a long-term goal, such as education, which will result in more income. To assist in the transition from marriage to single life, “bridge the gap” alimony is sometimes awarded. Lump sum alimony is sometimes awarded to the spouse with less earning capacity. For mid-term marriages (from 7 to 17 years), a spouse may receive alimony for a term of time which may last up to a maximum equal to the length of the marriage.

Questions About Alimony and Spousal Support?

They don’t teach a divorce class in school, so where do you go when you face the unexpected? There is no substitute for a confidential one-on-one review and evaluation of your situation. An initial consultation with Charlie will provide substantial assistance and advice. Our initial consultations are not a sales pitch, so there is a reasonable fee for the service. You can now schedule initial consultations online. This gives you the convenience of setting an appointment with us whether or not our office is open. If you prefer, you are still welcome to call us at 561-478-0312 or use the online form.


(I am an attorney after all!) – The content on these videos is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject and is not intended as legal advice on your particular case. You should always consult with your own attorney before implementing anything you read or hear on the internet. The content of these videos does not create any legal relationship between you and me and it does not make me your attorney. All this being said, I hope you enjoy the videos.

-Charlie Jamieson

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Charles Jamieson is a Board Certified Marital and Family Law Attorney in Florida.

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