Pursuing Fair Outcomes Under Florida’s New Law

In 2010 and again in 2011, Florida’s state legislature made major revisions to the state’s alimony law. While some of these changes were based on previous court decisions, others require courts to decide alimony cases differently than they did before the changes were made.

If you are going through a divorce, you need a lawyer who understands the new law. Miami alimony attorney Ronald H. Kauffman has helped many clients pursue favorable alimony outcomes. He can advise you on your options and advocate for the results you deserve.


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Understanding the Different Types of Alimony

When two people are getting divorced and one has become financially dependent upon the other during their marriage, the court may order alimony — sometimes referred to as spousal support — to the former spouse. Under Florida law, there are four distinct types of alimony:

  • Permanent: Alimony that is granted until either party dies or the receiving party remarries
  • Durational: Alimony that is granted for a set period of time after the divorce is finalized
  • Rehabilitative: Alimony that is granted to help one spouse re-enter the workforce
  • Bridge-the-gap: Alimony that is granted based on an identifiable short-term need
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When divorce cases are litigated, judges have a great deal of discretion to determine whether alimony is necessary and, if so, which type of alimony is appropriate. This can complicate settlement negotiations, but it can also give the parties more room to find creative solutions.

Ron has the experience to advise you on whether alimony is likely to be granted in your case and to help you pursue a fair and equitable outcome. Ron also helps clients pursue and oppose post-divorce modifications of alimony awards in response to changed economic circumstances.

Meet Your Lawyer

Ronald H. Kauffman, P.A. - Miami Family Law Attorney

Ronald H. Kauffman has practiced law in Florida since 1993, and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1992. Additionally, Ron was admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the U.S. District Court for Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit.

After completing a judicial clerkship, Ron handled complex consumer protection and antitrust matters at the Federal Trade Commission before entering practice. He is board certified in marital and family law by the Florida Bar.

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Divorce is among the most challenging experiences. Your long-term financial stability and other critical decisions will be made at the same time you are coping with the emotional fallout of a failed marriage.

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There are a number of attorneys in South Florida, but only a handful are board certified in marital and family law by the Supreme Court of Florida and the Florida Bar. Ronald H. Kauffman is one of them.


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