While family law may include areas of the law often subject to dispute, in many of those areas, modifications and changes may be available to help meet the needs of all parties involved. In Florida, there are different types of alimony, for example. Periodic permanent alimony is one type which is paid until either party dies or the recipient remarries. Other types of alimony include rehabilitative and lump-sum, among others. While some who pay alimony may find it overwhelming, it is important to note that all types of alimony that are paid over time may be subject to modification.
Divorcing parties can agree on alimony, also known as spousal support, through a divorce settlement, or, if an agreement cannot be reached, the court may award alimony. When the court determines spousal support, it reviews factors such as the needs of the recipient, the ability of the owing party to pay, the standard of living the couple enjoyed during the marriage, the ages of the parties, and the physical and emotional health of the parties.