Alimony in Florida can be defined as financial support or maintenance paid by one spouse to another. That support can come in the form of a one-time lump sum payment, or it can be made in installments over a predetermined period of time. There are two basic ways to get alimony in Florida. A court can order it or the parties can agree to it as part of a settlement.
Alimony, also known as spousal support, is one of the most complicated areas of Florida divorce law. One reason for this is that, unlike child support, there is no formula for calculating how much alimony should be awarded in each case. In fact, unless the spouses agree to it, even the decision to award alimony at all is completely up to the judge.
So, whether you are making the case for or against alimony, it’s important to know what spousal support in Florida is based on and how it’s determined.
The two most important factors in any alimony determination are need and ability to pay. The spouse who requests alimony has to prove that he or she has a need for alimony and that the other spouse has the ability to pay alimony. That’s basically it.
Once need and ability have been established, the amount and type of alimony to award has to be determined. In doing so, courts consider many factors including, but not limited to, duration of the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage, and the age of the parties.
There are many other factors that affect the type of alimony awarded, the amount of alimony awarded, even whether alimony is awarded at all. We have the training and experience needed to protect your rights in this complex area of divorce law.
Contact us online or call us at (954) 430-1868 to schedule your initial consultation with Fort Lauderdale Alimony Lawyer Andrew Foster so that you can learn more about your rights and options.