Alimony laws in Florida regulate the amount of alimony a spouse receives based on things such as the length of the marriage, the standard of living established during the marriage and educational levels and earning capacity of each spouse. These laws were set up in the Florida statutes of 2015, notes FL.us.
When deciding on alimony for divorcing spouses, the Florida courts take several things into consideration. If adultery played a part in ending a marriage, the court can decide to lower or completely do away with alimony payments. Florida courts may decide to grant alimony to a spouse in one lump payment, periodic payments or both.
Florida courts have the option of granting one spouse rehabilitative alimony, which can help that person resume a typical standard of living. Once the spouse has re-established, the alimony payments stop. These payments go toward redeveloping skills, gaining licenses or acquiring training or work experience.
Permanent alimony may be granted to a spouse who lacks the financial means to meet life's essential needs, states FL.us. However, cases like this are the exception, not the rule.
If the marriage produced no dependent children, all alimony payments must be made through a depository. If minor-aged children are involved, the parents can request alimony payments be sent in another way.