What is alimony in Florida?
There are many issues to cover when you are undergoing a divorce in Florida. You might need to decide how to raise your children, share your property, and discuss your money. You could also need to discuss alimony payments. But, before that, you must understand what is alimony in Florida.
What is alimony for a Spouse?
One kind of payment that one spouse makes to another spouse is known as alimony. The purpose of these payments is to enable the other spouse to continue living their current way of life following the divorce.
Spousal support, often known as alimony, is distinct from child support. Child support is intended to support the children, as opposed to alimony, which is meant to sustain a spouse.
How does alimony work in Florida?
The first thing to understand about Florida’s alimony laws is that, unlike child support calculations, alimony is not determined mathematically. The court has wide latitude to make decisions on (1) alimony eligibility, (2) alimony amount, (3) alimony length, and (4) alimony kind. But the court is constrained by certain boundaries.
How long does Florida’s alimony last?
If a marriage has lasted seven years or less, there is a rebuttable presumption that permanent alimony should not be granted. In a long-term marriage, defined as one that has lasted 17 years or more, there is a rebuttable presumption that permanent alimony will be awarded.
A moderate-term marriage, defined as one lasting more than seven years but less than seventeen, is one in which there is neither a presumption in favor of nor against permanent alimony. The type of alimony typically determines the length.
Is Florida Alimony Modifiable?
According to Florida divorce law, alimony may be modified if a significant, meaningful, and unanticipated change in circumstances was not anticipated when the amount of maintenance was initially fixed.
Alimony may be increased, decreased, or terminated due to the adjustment.
Typically, a petition to alter durational, permanent, or rehabilitative alimony must be filed in the same court where the divorce petition was filed.