Divorce can be messy business. In the state of Florida, the courts examine a number of factors to determine how alimony is awarded. Nevertheless, how alimony is awarded, much like other aspects of divorce such as the division of property or parental rights, will ultimately differ from case to case.
Prior to the review of these factors, the court will first determine whether either party actually needs alimony and that the other party is able to pay it. Once need is recognized, the court will look at a number of factors including the standard of living customary during the marriage; any and all contributions (monetary or otherwise) made by each individual to the marriage; as well as each party’s earnings, investments, resources and financial standing. If kids are part of the proceedings, the court will also consider the responsibility each party will have to the children.
One of the key things to keep in mind is that Alimony is designed to help support whichever spouse is income-dependent throughout the marriage. The idea is to provide the otherwise dependent spouse with a financial cushion until they are able to become economically independent. Florida courts have broad discretion when it comes to awarding alimony and things such as adultery and spousal abuse can also potentially influence a ruling.
Remember, each divorce is different. If you are wondering how alimony will affect your divorce and have questions specific to your case, it’s in your best interest to consult with an experienced divorce attorney and explore your options. Call 813-898-2750 and let us help you.
This post was written by David Hurvitz. Follow David on Google+.