Are you involved in a divorce or separation from your spouse and want to
know if you have the right to ask for alimony, or if you will be ordered
to pay alimony? Alimony is the payment of money made from one spouse to
the other for upkeep and maintenance toward living. A court has the discretion
to award alimony to either spouse in divorce cases and separations, even
when the parties are not seeking divorce.
There are no specific guidelines in Florida to determine alimony, similar
to cases that involve
child support. Alimony can be awarded on a rehabilitative or permanent basis and can
take the form of period payments, lump sums or even both.
Issues that commonly need to be examined when considering alimony are:
whether the marriage has existed long enough to justify alimony; whether
there is a need for alimony; whether an existing alimony award is inappropriate;
whether there is an inability to pay alimony; and the tax consequences
of any alimony awards.
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