Did you know when married couples get a divorce, the obligation of spouses to support each other does not necessarily terminate? In some cases, a divorce may leave one spouse with little to no income to support themselves. Therefore, alimony may be awarded to the low-income spouse by the court. How does the court make this decision? Keep reading to find out.
How is Alimony Determined?
Alimony may be awarded to either spouse if one of them has a more substantial income and the recipient spouse does not have enough income to support themselves at the level of which the spouses had grown accustomed to during the marriage. This is also known as the “standard of living” during the marriage.
For the court to grant spousal support after a divorce, the asking spouse will need to prove that there is a need for alimony to support them and that your spouse has the capacity to pay spousal support. The court will then determine how much alimony to award and for how long payments should last.
A judge will consider several factors when making a decision about alimony, such as:
- The duration of your marriage
- The contributions of each spouse to the marriage
- The income and earning capacity of each spouse
- The lifestyle each spouse is used to
- Any other factor necessary to ensure justice between the parties
Speak to a Divorce Lawyer Today
A skilled divorce lawyer in Bartow can make a significant impact in a divorce involving a claim for Florida alimony. If you are contemplating filing for divorce or your spouse has already filed for divorce, contact Advocate Law Firm, P.A. today to speak with our aggressive divorce lawyer.
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