Alimony Basics In Florida: What Residents Should Know

Alimony Basics In FloridaAlimony, also called spousal support or maintenance, is a financial obligation one spouse owes to the other after a divorce or separation. Alimony is a court-ordered payment that can be used to help an ex-spouse maintain their lifestyle after a divorce. This payment can last for either a set amount of time or indefinitely, as long as the conditions of the order are met. Alimony will only be awarded if the court finds that it is fair and necessary.

Who Can Obtain Alimony in Florida?

In Florida, alimony can be awarded to either the husband or the wife. However, in order to obtain it, you must meet certain eligibility requirements.

Recipient Must Demonstrate They are Unable to Support Themselves Financially

In most cases, the party seeking alimony must demonstrate that they are unable to financially support themselves without receiving it. There are a few exceptions to this, but in general, the requesting party must meet specific criteria in order to receive it.

First, the party that wants to receive support has to prove that they have insufficient income or assets to support themselves without outside help. If the recipient has other dependents, such as children, who may affect their ability to work and earn more, their need for support may be greater.

In addition, if they are ill or unable to fend for themselves for any reason, their need for support may also be greater, and alimony may be granted.

On the other hand, if the recipient has demonstrated that they will be able to become self-sufficient within a certain amount of time, then permanent alimony may not be necessary. They may, in this instance, be awarded alimony with a time limit.

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Recipient Must Prove They Have Been Married for Minimum Period

If you are seeking alimony in Florida, you will need to prove that you have had a durable relationship and have been married for at least some time. In order to meet these requirements, you will need to provide documentation of your marriage, most notably your marriage certificate. If your relationship and marriage have been too short, alimony may be denied based on this lack of continuity.

If your marriage is short (less than seven years), if you do qualify, it is often going to be durational alimony. In this instance, you should know that the payments cannot last longer than the duration of your marriage. This means that if you were awarded durational alimony and you were married for five years, payments could not last more than five years. If your marriage was 19 months old, then payments can only last up to 19 months.

Get Help With Alimony in Florida

In Florida, alimony is awarded on a case-by-case basis. Also, in accordance with Fla. Stat. § 61.14, alimony that has already been awarded may be modified or terminated. Given these, it is best to work with a skilled attorney when dealing with spousal support issues.

So, whether you are the spouse paying or the spouse requesting/receiving alimony, and you need help, contact HAWM Law. Our experienced attorneys can provide you with legal guidance on what to do to get what you want. We are here for you.

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