The Will Nelson Law FirmAlimony, which is also called spousal support, is money paid by one spouse to the other spouse for support of the spouse who is receiving the payment.  This support is separate from money paid by one spouse to the other spouse for care of the parties’ children (which is, not surprisingly, called child support).  Alimony may be temporary or permanent.  It may also be paid on a periodic basis or in one lump sum, or both.  The Court will consider whether alimony should be awarded to a spouse only after the property and debts of the parties have been divided.  The division of the marital property provides a better view of the financial condition of each party which, in turn, impacts both the need for support and the ability to pay support.

Chapter 61 of the Florida statutes address most of the legal issues that arise in divorce cases, including provisions used by a judge to determine whether alimony should be awarded to one the spouses, and if so, to calculate an appropriate amount and duration for spousal support.

Alimony is one of the most complicated aspects of family law and guidance from an attorney with experience in family law matters is critical in evaluating whether spousal support is appropriate in a given case.

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