Alimony Law

Alimony or spousal support is financial support provided to an ex-spouse to alleviate the financial disparity between the parties, when it is appropriate based on “need” and “ability to pay”.  There are many types of alimony that may be awarded including: permanent alimony, temporary alimony, bridge-the-gap alimony and lump sum alimony.  An experienced lawyer will assist you in getting alimony or preventing alimony should the facts of your case warrant it. 

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 based upon many factors, including length of marriage and need versus ability to pay. 

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 (17 years is a bench mark for permanent alimony).

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