Alimony is the term used to refer to support payments made by one spouse to the other. The recipient spouse’s need and the paying spouse’s ability to pay are two primary considerations when awarding alimony.
Currently, Florida law provides for several types of alimony and there are a number of factors that a court considers when determining whether and how much alimony to award a spouse. For example, the Court may award bridge-the-gap alimony, rehabilitative alimony, durational alimony, or permanent alimony. Alimony may be made in periodic payments or ordered as a lump sum amount, depending on the circumstances. The primary consideration for the Court is the recipient spouse’s need for alimony and the paying spouse’s ability to pay. Additionally, the Court must consider a statutory list of factors, including but not limited to, the standard of living during the marriage, the duration of marriage, age of the parties, physical and emotional condition of the parties, earning capacities of the parties, contribution to the marriage, etc.
Florida Statutes define the types of alimony and it defines what presumptively constitutes a short term, moderate term, and long term marriage. As you can see, there are a number of factors that the Court considers when determining whether and how much alimony to award a spouse in a dissolution of marriage action or in a separate maintenance action unconnected with a dissolution of marriage.
Whether you believe you should be entitled to receive alimony, or whether your spouse is seeking for you to pay alimony, the attorneys at Nicole L. Goetz, P.L. have the experience and skills to represent your interests. For more information and to receive a confidential consultation, please contact our office in Naples, Florida.