Couples Can Work Together So They Can Move Forward With Their Lives
The issue of spousal support, or alimony, can be a very sticky one. The breadwinner of the couple may feel that after supporting the homemaker during the marriage, he or she is no longer responsible for his or her partner. The homemaker may feel that after trading in his or her career to take care of the children, he or she should receive financial support.
At Sheldon E. Finman, P.A., we work with couples to come up with their own solutions through problem-solving family law models. Instead of setting up an adversarial relationship, we work with you, your spouse and your spouse’s lawyer to determine what will work best for each of you. We will help you move forward with your life in a positive manner.
Does The Length Of The Marriage Affect Alimony?
Florida law supports alimony, especially for couples married for 17 years or more. The decision to award spousal support depends on the length of the marriage and the ability of the supporting party to pay. For couples married more than 17 years, there is a presumption of permanent alimony for the dependent party.
For couples married between seven and 17 years, alimony is a gray area. Frequently, the dependent party will receive temporary spousal support while he or she is getting back on their feet.
Use Problem-Solving Methods To Stay In Control
Instead of letting a judge — a stranger — make a final decision in court, we will help you consider what will work best for you, so you can come to an arrangement on your own. We use methods such as:
- Collaborative law
- Cooperative divorce
These methods can help you end a marriage with dignity and peace instead of pain and suffering. They give you more control over what will happen to your life, your children’s lives and the way you interact with your partner.
We Can Help You Work With Your Spouse
Find out more about solution-based family law and how to make an easier transition through your divorce. Call us at 239-215-4952 or toll-free at 877-214-3207, or send us an email to schedule an appointment. Our law office is in Fort Myers, and we represent clients throughout southwest Florida, including Cape Coral.