Alimony Information Florida Alimony Laws
The court may grant alimony to either the husband or the wife. Alimony is based on "one parties need and the other parties ability to pay". Some forms of alimony are for a temporary period. Rehabilitative alimony may be for a limited period of time to assist in redeveloping skills and financial independence. Permanent alimony continues until the spouse that is receiving the alimony remarries or upon the death of either party. The court may grant some combination of the two. Also the court may order lump-sum alimony. That is where one party pays the other party a lump-sum payment of money or property. Although adultery does not bar an award of alimony, the court may consider the adultery of either spouse, and the circumstances of that adultery, in determining the amount of alimony to be awarded.
In awarding alimony is discretionary. The court considers all relevant economic factors, such as: the parties prior standard of living, length of the marriage, age and physical and emotional condition of both spouses, each spouse's financial resources and income-producing capacity of the assets they receive, the time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to find appropriate employment, and the services rendered in homemaking, child rearing, and education and career building of the other spouse. The court has the option of considering any other factor it deems necessary to do equity and justice between the parties.