Alimony provides the means for one party to get back up on their feet. It is not meant to punish one party, although the ability of Florida judges to consider adultery when determining whether to award alimony and the amount awarded does consider judgment for bad behavior. However, the main purpose is to assist one party in maintaining the standard of living established during the marriage. Approaching the issue of alimony in this manner will enable the party seeking this monetary support to present a clear case about why the award of alimony is justified.
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Under Florida law, alimony is granted to a dependent spouse, and it can be awarded to bridge the gap and be rehabilitative (intended to get the person to a position where they can take care of expenses without assistance, durational or permanent). Although people often think of alimony as being paid monthly, it can be awarded in a lump sum or be a combination of the two. In deciding whether or not to award alimony, the court may consider non-monetary factors.
“Dependent spouses” are entitled to receive alimony from “supporting spouses.” A dependent spouse is financially dependent on and in need of support from their spouse, who is then known as the supporting spouse. Husbands and wives can be either “dependent” or “supporting” spouses.
The court will take various factors into consideration when determining an alimony award. These factors are:
Also, although Florida is a no-fault state when it comes to divorces, the spouses' fault, or lack thereof, may be assessed or factored into the court's decision when awarding alimony.
Finally, there are various types of alimony that may be awarded depending on the circumstances of your case. The following are types of alimony awarded in Florida:
Payments of alimony are made through depositories which use the State Disbursement Unit (SDU) to relay the money to the payee spouse. This prevents there from having to be any direct contact between the spouses for purposes of payment after their divorce.
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