Seminole County: 160
International Drive, Suite 100, Heathrow, FL 32746
Lake Lynda Drive, Suite 200, Orlando FL 32817
407.831.8995 phone | 407.831.8836 fax
Alimony or spousal support is a flexible financial
tool for divorcing couples. It offers tax advantages that can help
put more cash in the pockets of both spouses.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
get it? / Will I have to pay it?
would I want to pay alimony?
What is it?
Alimony is also
sometimes called spousal support. It's designed to provide the
lower-income spouse with money for living expenses over and above
the money provided by child support. Alimony is different from child
support. Where child support is a simple mathematical calculation
using Florida Statutes Guidelines, alimony is very much in the
discretion of the judge.
Can I get
it?/Will I have to pay it?
There are several factors a judge
considers when deciding whether to grant alimony. Generally, the
parties' relative ability to earn money, both now and in the future;
their respective age and health; the length of the marriage; the
kind of property involved, and the conduct of the parties are
considered. In general, about the only time a judge will award
alimony is where one spouse has been economically dependent on the
other spouse for most of a lengthy marriage (19 years is a bench
mark for permanent alimony).
Why would I want
to pay alimony?
Alimony gets treated differently
from child support on your tax return. Alimony is tax deductible to
the person who pays it, and included in the taxable income of the
person who receives it. Child support, by contrast, is not taxable
to the person who receives it and not tax deductible to the person
who pays it. That means that when you and your spouse have
dramatically different incomes, there may be some tax advantages to
using alimony, even if a judge wouldn't ordinarily award it.
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