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What Should I Know About Alimony when Divorcing in Florida?

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Divorce on Friday, September 25, 2015.

There are many things to know about alimony in Florida but some basic points can be helpful for divorcing couples wondering what to expect. Alimony in Florida can be for rehabilitative purposes, bridge-the-gap purposes, durational, permanent or a combination of the different types of alimony. When making an alimony determination, the court considers the needs of the party seeking alimony and the ability of the other party to pay. When considering alimony, the court evaluates a number of factors, which are described in Florida's family law statutes.

Factors that may be considered when the court makes an alimony determination and calculation can include the duration of the marriage, the couple's standard of living during the marriage and the age of each spouse. In addition, among other factors, courts also consider the financial resources of the parties, their earning capacities, and any responsibilities that each spouse has for children that they share.

Alimony can sometimes be a contentious issue between divorcing parties. The goal of alimony, or spousal support, is to put the parties in a position where their standard of living does not decrease drastically, and to help them move on to a productive future following the divorce. When arriving at alimony determinations, the court seeks to reach fair resolutions that will ensure a positive financial future for both parties.

Because of the sometimes emotional nature of alimony considerations, it is helpful for parties to understand in advance how alimony decisions are made. Understanding the process beforehand, and how to navigate it, may help create less acrimony between the parties when alimony determinations are ultimately reached. Anyone in the Broward County area who needs more information about alimony, or any other divorce issues, should contact a family law attorney.

Source: The 2015 Florida Statutes, "Chapter 61.08 Alimony," Accessed Sept. 20, 2015

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