Divorce What is Alimony?

By Kristianna Rodriguez, Associate Attorney at Grossman Law and Conflict Management

What Is Alimony

Alimony is always a hot topic when it comes to divorce.

People make jokes about it, have been burned by it, and it is generally of concern to both potential payees and payors in a divorce setting. This post is for you if you are considering divorce, and would like to understand alimony.

What is alimony? The concept of alimony goes way back in our history and it derives from the state’s interest to not only attempt to keep marriages intact, but to also make sure a dependent spouse does not become dependent on the state.

Historically, the wife had moved into a homemaker role during the marriage. Over time, the roles in families have changed, and more husbands have even taken the role of homemaker. Many times, either the husband or wife have given up educational and career opportunities. At the end of the marriage, one of them typically has greater income earning ability.

It is for this reason alimony is still considered in divorce proceedings, particularly for mid-term to long-term marriages. Mid-term (or moderate term) marriages are defined by law as being  7-17 years; whereas long-term marriages are considered as 17 years or more of marriage.

In Florida, there has been a push by legislators and lobbying groups to move away from the longer and stricter forms of alimony, such as permanent alimony. Husbands and wives are becoming more equal in their marital roles and their income earning potentials. Therefore, some argue the need for alimony is not present in the modern age.

In Florida, there is no exact way to determine what alimony amount will be ordered in a divorce case. There are no alimony calculations like there are for child support. Alimony is based on many factors. First, the Judge has to determine if there is a need for alimony and if there is an ability to pay alimony. Then, the Judge has to consider 10 factors listed in Florida Statute 61.08(2). Alimony is a complicated issue, and should be taken seriously by payors and payees. A lawyer relies upon their knowledge of the law and experience to help the client understand what to expect.

Contact Kristianna directly at KRodriguez@AttorneyGrossman.com.

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