Divorces can come along with a lot of stress and be an emotionally trying time. Households and incomes are divided and it becomes difficult to ensure everything is divided fairly. In most divorces, it is usually assumed that the man pays the women spousal support in order to help maintain their standard of living. But what happens if the women makes more money than the man? Does she pay alimony?
How is alimony awarded in the Florida court?
In awarding alimony, the Florida court looks at need for alimony and ability to pay alimony. In that circumstance, the gender roles don’t matter, there just needs to be proof that one of the spouses needs support from the other after the divorce. There also needs to be proof that the other spouse can afford to support the other after the divorce.
Determining the ability to pay alimony and the need for alimony
There are several factors that the courts look at when determining the need for alimony in a divorce.
- The standard of living established by the marriage
- The length of the marriage
- The age of each spouse
- The physical condition of each spouse
- The financial recourses of each spouse including non-marital and marital assets and liabilities
- The time required for either spouse to acquire sufficient training or education to find appropriate employment, when necessary
- The contribution of each spouse to the marriage including homemaking, childcare, education and career building
- All sources of income available to each spouse
- Any other factor necessary to do equal justice between each spouse in the divorce
If you are seeking advice on receiving alimony in a divorce in Florida or are unsure if you qualify to receive alimony, contact Llabona Law Group here.