When spouses in Florida decide to divorce, they might negotiate for spousal support or alimony. There are a variety of ways that alimony is awarded, usually with time limitations. However, in some cases, permanent support might be awarded.
Factors that affect alimony
To award alimony, courts look at a variety of factors. These are used to determine the amount of the award and the conditions of the spousal support. The factors include:
- The length of the union
- The quality of life experienced during the marriage
- What each spouse might be capable of earning in the future
- The physical and mental health of each spouse
- The types of contributions each spouse invested in the marriage
- The financial assets each spouse will have, including income
Reasons to award permanent alimony
In cases where permanent spousal support is awarded, there are specific conditions that must be met. Permanent alimony can be awarded after proof that the spouse who will receive it is unable to financially cover their needs and the standard of living set during their marriage. For short-term marriages, much more evidence might be needed than for long-term marriages, including proof of extraordinary circumstances.
Permanent spousal support ends when either of the ex-spouses dies. It also ends if the receiving person remarries. Additionally, the award amount and conditions can be modified if either party experiences significant changes in their financial situation.
Alimony can be a valuable tool in helping you transition into your new life. As situations change, the amount of support you might need could also change. Consulting a family law attorney about your spousal support options might help you create a strong financial plan for your future.