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The Subject of Alimony Remains a Concern in Florida

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Family Law on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.

Alimony is an important concern that should not be overlooked during the divorce process. Overall, 3 percent of alimony recipients are men. Alimony is the award of financial support paid by one spouse to another before or following separation of divorce. Also known as spousal support, alimony is an ongoing payment paid by a higher-earning spouse to a lower-earning spouse. The Supreme Court has ruled that alimony must be applied equally to both genders.

One 65-year old woman in another part of Florida was ordered to pay her ex-husband $7,000 a month 15 years ago. In general, alimony awards can be rare and occur in approximately 10 percent of divorces today. The subject of alimony in Florida continues to remain an area of controversy and concern. More women are paying alimony today and have become vocal concerning their objections, shared by some, to the idea of permanent alimony.

Other states have limited alimony awards to a rehabilitative period allowing the lower-earning spouse, or a spouse who has remained at home to raise children, to obtain education or vocational assistance. Longer-term awards of alimony are limited in these types of situations to disabled spouses or spouses in retirement. Alimony can also be limited by the length of the marriage and it has been suggested in some states that the method of projecting future incomes be changed.

Many alimony cases are settled and those struggling to fulfill obligations associated with an alimony award may be able to seek a modification or attempt to renegotiate the alimony award that has been ordered. Alimony is an important divorce-related concern to be familiar with and aware of during the divorce process and when negotiating a divorce settlement with your spouse because it can have a significant future impact for both parties.

Source: Time.com, "Breadwinning Women Are Driving Alimony Reform," Beth Pinsker, Nov. 17, 2015

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