When two people get married, one person often has to sacrifice their livelihood to stay at home and take care of the other spouse or simple household matters. There are still people out there who give up a career to be a homemaker, and this is a noble profession. Unfortunately for the person, if the marriage is at some point dissolved, they’ve given up years of income to take care of married life. Because of this, alimony is obtainable for these spouses.
Most courts don’t consider alimony cases unless the person has been married at least 7 years, although a temporary alimony arrangement might also be possible if you’ve been married less than that. A Tampa alimony attorney can help you determine whether or not you’re eligible to receive alimony from a spouse. Ultimately, it will be up to a judge as to whether or not you are deserving of alimony and how much the amount of it should be.
Most common types of alimony
If you’re legally separated, it’s possible to get alimony even during the legal separation. If you’re not living with your spouse anymore, you can still file for alimony even if the divorce isn’t finalized.
Lump sum alimony
Some couples choose to work out a one-time lump sum of alimony that accounts for all of the years of missed work. It will also depend on your own occupation and income. If one spouse can’t take care of themselves outside of the marriage, a lump sum is possible. It will generally be a large sum at once, but you will not get any regular alimony each month.
In rare cases, some spouses are still awarded permanent alimony by a court. This is usually a settlement that comes about because a marriage has lasted a VERY long time (20 years or more) and the person has very little chance of ever supporting themselves from that time forward.
In shorter marriages, it’s likely that the dependent spouse will be given alimony for a set period of time (1 year, 2 years, etc.). After that, it will be up to them to support themselves outside of the marriage again.
Contacting an attorney about alimony is your first step toward getting an award. Your lawyer will know more about which type of alimony to pursue.