Family Law Testimonials
“The search for a lawyer to help me get through my divorce was difficult enough. Most of the lawyers I interviewed had a cutthroat approach that made the process even harder. In desperation I reached out to a friend who seems to know everyone. Through one of her contacts I was referred to Carman and Bevington. After my consultation with Vanessa Bevington I stopped searching. Vanessa was kind and professional. She did not try to sway me in any particular direction but made sure that I understood the legal choices I had to make. She was prompt in every way. I highly recommend bringing your legal needs to this firm.”
“I had excellent representation when going through my divorce. Allen Carmen did a wonderful job for me. He was always available when I had questions and was always professional. The staff was great. I probably should not have loved going to their office as much as I did, but they gave me the feeling that they cared about me and my outcome. I would recommend Allen to any of my friends. In fact, I recommended him today to a co-worker.”
"Perfect mix of personal and professional. I wanted a firm close to home that catered to the Brandon area and I found it!. Melissa kept me informed and any time I wanted to talk to Allen he was available. Just great from start to finish. I would recommend Carman and Bevington to anyone!!!!"
Alimony Modification or Termination
As experienced family law attorneys, we’ve handled both sides of alimony modification cases – clients who’ve needed more financial support after their case was settled and clients who’ve felt they should pay less because their ex-spouse doesn’t truly need their support. What you need to be successful in any modification is a trial attorney that will pay close attention to the details and vigorously support your position. Carman & Bevington can help you make your case effectively and take the first steps to modifying alimony or terminating alimony.
How alimony works in the State of Florida
The process of deciding alimony in the state of Florida is a moving target. Alimony is premised upon the needs of a spouse and the other spouse’s ability to pay for that need. Florida Family Court Judges take into account several different factors when making an alimony determination. The length of marriage, health of the spouse, work history, and lifestyle are just a few of the factors considered.
Types of alimony in the State of Florida
There are several types of alimony that can be awarded by a Florida Family Court Judge.
Temporary – an amount paid during the divorce litigation to ensure that the person who needs the money can still pay bills while the marriage is dissolving
Bridge the Gap – This time is used to transition the spouse from married life to single life and generally does not exceed two years in length.
Rehabilitative – when one spouse agrees to pay for a retraining or school that will help their spouse get back to self sufficiency
Durational – for a period of time to last longer than two years, but it’s not meant to last longer than the length of your marriage
Permanent Periodic – continues until death or remarrying
Lump Sum – generally a non-modifiable set amount to paid on one set sum or over a period of time.
Lifestyle, health, age, career and length of marriage are all factors that go into deciding your alimony award. It’s also important that you remember that there is no formula in an alimony dispute – the award is subjective. Having a trial attorney negotiating and litigation on your behalf can really make a difference when an alimony claim is being made. At Carman & Bevington we’re driven by a desire to protect our clients with the same professionalism that we would want in a similar situation. We intend to earn every dollar that we receive and will do our best to help you take those first steps on the road back to happiness.
Meet Vanessa A. Bevington
Family Law Attorney | Personal Injury Attorney
Phone: (813) 654-3444
Vanessa Bevington began practicing in the area of personal injury and family law in 2006. She is respected throughout the legal community as a skilled litigator and negotiator on her client’s behalf.