Melbourne Spousal Support Lawyer

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Serving Brevard County With Over 35 Years of Spousal Support Experience

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is arguably one of the most misunderstood areas of family law.

In reality, spousal support is not a punishment for the spouse who must pay it. In the same regard, it is not meant to be a windfall for the spouse who receives it.

Spousal support is designed to make sure a financially disadvantaged spouse is not left in a drastically reduced financial position following a divorce.

Regardless of popular belief, spousal support is not reserved exclusively for women. For example, if a husband worked while his wife attended college, or sacrificed the opportunity to advance his career in order to stay home with young children, then he may be entitled to spousal support.

Spousal Support in Florida

Florida law provides many different arrangements for spousal support. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be entitled to receive one of the following types of spousal support:

Bridge-the-gap. One spouse receives support during the transition from marriage to single life. This type of support must not exceed two years, and typically cannot be modified once it is put into place.

Rehabilitative. Rehabilitative support is designed to assist the recipient spouse in obtaining the training or skills necessary to become self-supporting. This may mean pursuing education or new training.


Durational. In this kind of arrangement, a recipient spouse receives financial support for a limited period of time.

Permanent. In some cases, a recipient spouse may never be able to become self-supporting, due to age, disability, or some other circumstance. These cases usually involve long-term marriages, which is defined as a marriage of 17 years or longer.

Spousal support can be complicated by extenuating factors, such as a chronic illness, one party’s remarriage or long-term relationship, or a significant change in circumstances for one or both ex-spouses.

In divorces that involve significant assets or a business, spousal support can be a challenging issue to resolve. 

We work hard to make sure we leave no stone unturned and no option unexplored when it comes to getting a fair and equitable outcome for my clients.

Call Our Melbourne Spousal Support Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation

Whether you must pay spousal support or you are in a position to receive it, you want a fair result. Our mission is to help protect your rights in family law cases. We are ready to help you, call today!

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Phone: 321-253-3771

Fax: 321-253-1174


1329 Bedford Drive

Melbourne, FL 32940

Who We Help:

Our law firm is located in the Suntree area of Brevard County, Florida at (1329 Bedford Drive, Melbourne, Florida 32940). We handle cases throughout Brevard County, including, Palm Bay, Melbourne, Rockledge, and Viera, Florida.