Alimony, also known as spousal support, refers to the financial assistance provided by one spouse to the other following a divorce.
In Florida, alimony is awarded based on several factors outlined in the Florida Statutes. When determining the award of alimony, Florida courts consider factors, such as the duration of the marriage, the standard of living established during the marriage, the financial resources of each spouse, and their earning capacities.
Other otherr factors are taken into consideration, including the age and physical/emotional condition of each party, and the contributions made to the marriage by each spouse (including child care and homemaking).
The determination of who pays alimony and who is awarded it is based on a case-by-case analysis. Traditionally, alimony was often awarded to the economically disadvantaged spouse, which was usually the wife. However, modern practices aim for a more equitable distribution of alimony based on the financial circumstances and needs of both parties.
It's important to note that this description provides a general overview of alimony in Florida, and specific cases may involve additional factors or unique circumstances that can impact the final decision. If you require detailed legal advice or guidance, it is advisable to consult with a qualified Family Law attorney.