Understanding Alimony: Traditional Versus Modern Notions of Support By Jeff Weissman, Attorney at Law

Alimony is among the more complex areas of law that involves large stakes due to the transactional nature of one spouse supporting another. The following summary offers a look at the initial purposes of alimony compared to how it is used today.

The concept of alimony originally came about as a means of support from the working partner, or the financial provider for a couple, to a former spouse who was in need. Alimony served as a way to assist the support recipient in maintaining their standard of living after a dissolution of marriage action.

While the laws have changed dramatically over the years, alimony still offers an arrangement in which one spouse offers financial support to the other. Today, there are six common types. Temporary alimony is paid during the pendency of a divorce proceeding. Bridge-the-gap alimony is paid in short-term marriages and lasts for approximately two years after the divorce. Rehabilitative alimony is paid to help transition someone who has sacrificed his or her career goals during the marriage into becoming self-supporting. Durational alimony is paid in moderate-term marriages and can last up to the full length of the marriage. Permanent alimony is paid until either party dies or the recipient remarries, and is reserved for long-term marriages. And, lastly, lump-sum alimony offers a one-time payment after the divorce has been concluded.

About the Author:

Jeff Weissman is a practicing marital and family law attorney at Gladstone & Weissman, PA, in South Florida.


Presenting an Effective Relocation Case By Jeff Weissman, Attorney, Gladstone & Weissman

Most people want the flexibility to move from one city to another, or even relocate to a different part of the world. Parents usually find that a relocation request proves most effective if they prepare their case with the help of an attorney knowledgeable in family law. Many noncustodial parents try to prevent relocations that would require them to travel long distances to maintain contact with their children.

Relocation laws in Florida ultimately focus on the best interests of the child. Courts compel petitioners seeking approval for relocation to demonstrate the efficacy of a move for the long-term prospects for themselves and their children. Moreover, the law obliges them to provide adequate notice to noncustodial parents to give them time to challenge relocation requests. They also need to respond to any assertions that relocation would harm the noncustodial parents’ relationship with the child or children.

About Jeff Weissman:

A family law attorney with more than 18 years of experience, Jeff Weissman serves as a Partner with the Florida law firm Gladstone & Weissman, P.A. He focuses on such legal matters as divorce and custody, primarily for high net worth clients. To learn more about Jeff Weissman, call (866) 974-8960.