Alimony, also referred to as spousal maintenance or spousal support, is not an absolute right in Florida but can be agreed to by the parties or awarded under certain circumstances. Alimony can be rehabilitative, permanent, or lump sum. Also, it can be awarded on a temporary basis during a case. There can be tax ramifications regarding alimony, and therefore the way it is structured is of critical importance to avoid unintended consequences.
Florida has implemented factors that the judge or jury shall consider:
- The standard of living established during the marriage;
- The duration of the marriage;
- The age and the physical and emotional condition of both parties;
- The financial resources of each party;
- Where applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable him to find appropriate employment;
- The contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party;
- The condition of the parties, including the separate estate, earning capacity, and fixed liabilities of the parties; and
- Such other relevant factors as the court deems equitable and proper.