There are two things to be aware of when a party is asking for alimony.
First, the court looks the monetary need of the asking spouse, and the ability to pay of the paying spouse. If the court determines that a need and ability to pay exist, (that is finding Entitlement to an alimony award) they will then,
Second, look at several factors laid out in the state statute, to determine how much alimony should be paid.
So, what type of alimony should you ask for, or expect your spouse to ask for? Alimony in Florida is codified in Florida Statute 61.08. Here is a simplified breakdown of the statute:
- Section (1): types of alimony a party can receive
- Section (2): states what must be established for a party to receive alimony
- Section (4): explains the duration of marriage, as it pertains to alimony payments
- Sections (5-8): break down of the types alimony that can be received
- 5- “Bridge the gap” alimony
- 6- Rehabilitative alimony
- 7- Durational alimony
- 8- Permanent alimony