Alimony is support paid to the dependent spouse that continues after the marriage has been dissolved. Alimony is also referred to as spousal support or maintenance.
Florida alimony awards are based on one spouse’s need and the other spouse’s ability to pay. The court will examine the standard of living established during the marriage, each party’s age and physical and emotional condition, financial resources, and contribution to the marriage, including homemaking, child care, education and career building. The court will also look at all sources of income available to either party and the time necessary to finish education or training to find appropriate employment during this time of transition.
Long-term marriages are more likely to result in permanent alimony, which is not generally awarded in short marriages.