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Florida permits, in some circumstances, essentially five different types of alimony: bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational, temporary and permanent. The amount of alimony that a spouse may be entitled to or required to pay depends heavily on the length of the marriage, the income of the parties during a marriage and potential income of the parties after the divorce, among many others.
The Courts, first and foremost, are required to determine whether the requesting party has the need for alimony; in most circumstances, this means whether the requesting party is able to afford the basic necessities, including food and housing, but can include the living standard of the parties during the marriage. If the Court determines that the requesting party has the need for alimony, then the Court must then determine whether the other party has the ability to pay alimony.
Alimony is not designed to equalize income in the way equitable distribution is designed to evenly split assets and liabilities; instead, it is designed to provide the spouse who earned less or no income during the marriage the life necessities and, in certain circumstances, the standard of living during the marriage.
Having an attorney and law firm which understands the requirements and nuances of alimony law can make the difference in ensuring your rights are fully protected. Our firm is well versed in using the appropriate statutory factors in setting up cases to achieve the best result regarding alimony.
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Common points of contention in a divorce may include, but are not limited to: Real estate, child custody issues, child support, alimony or spousal support, division of assets, division of debt, retirement accounts...
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