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Temporary Alimony


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Our Gainesville Family Law Attorneys understand that when a decision is made to commence the divorce process, it is important to consider a client’s long term goals, while also taking measures to address short-term needs as well. In Florida, there are variety of methods through which relief can be sought on an interim, short-term, or temporary basis. Temporary orders can be issued as a provisional means of resolving issues involving custody, relocation, jurisdiction, property and assets, as well as child support and alimony.

At the Law Office of Alba & Yochim, we believe that fully protecting a divorcing client’s legal rights, involves ensuring both physical safety as well as financial security. Our alimony attorneys know that having concerns over the ability to provide for yourself and your family during the divorce process can be highly stressful. Fortunately, temporary spousal support orders can provide financial stability, as a couple goes through the legal process of transitioning from being married to being single.

Temporary alimony, also referred to as ‘stop-gap,’ alimony, is a form of pre-judgment support. It is technically not a form of alimony, but rather a form of support, that provides the receiving spouse with temporary assistance during the pendency of dissolution. Temporary spousal support awards are often transitioned into a different form of alimony upon finalization of the divorce. However, in other cases further support payments may be terminated altogether. Consequently, having a competent legal advocate on your side that can protect your legal rights in support matters, at both the short-term and long-term stage, can make a profound difference in the outcome of your alimony case.

In contrast to other forms of support, modification of temporary alimony does not always require a showing of changed circumstances. Florida Statute 61.14(11)(a) provides that:

A court may, upon good cause shown, and without a showing of a substantial change of circumstances, modify, vacate, or set aside a temporary support order before or upon entering a final order in a proceeding.”

Another consideration with regard to temporary alimony awards is that they can be modified on a retroactive basis. In other words, an increase or decrease in temporary support payments can be backdated to the initial entry of the order for support, or, to the date of filing of an initial or supplemental petition for support or dissolution. Whether you are requesting alimony or defending a support request, it is important to consider the potential for, and availability of, obtaining a retroactive order. Our experienced alimony attorneys can explain your rights and entitlement to retroactive support, modification, as well as vacating or setting aside prior orders through the appeals process.

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Temporary support serves as the perfect example of how consulting with an attorney during the period of time that you are contemplating a divorce, can be highly beneficial. If you are considering separation or divorce, it is important to know your legal rights and options. In some cases, a person who relies primarily or solely on their spouse’s income for support, may feel as if they are helpless, or ‘stuck in the marriage’ due to financial concerns. As family law attorneys, we understand that this can be a tough situation to be in. We recognize that having peace of mind in knowing that you will have support during the divorce, can allow you the freedom to carry on with your life.

Our clientele ranges from representation in initial support proceedings, all the way through appellate proceedings, and has included clients on the requesting end, as well as the defending end of alimony claims. With decades of combined practice experience, the Gainesville Alimony Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. have the know-how to ensure fair and equitable results at all stages of the alimony process, and want to do the same for you. Let us put our client focused results driven approach to work for you.

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