If you are getting divorced, one of the last things you probably want to do is hand over any more money to your ex than you absolutely have to. This is why it can be so upsetting to have to pay spousal support, or alimony.
However, spousal support is something that many people in Florida have to pay. It might seem unfair, but this money is intended to make the transition out of divorce easier for a financially disadvantaged spouse. With this in mind, it can be helpful to know what factors will affect whether you are ordered to pay alimony or not.
As noted in Florida alimony statutes, the factors that will be relevant in assessing the need for spousal support include:
- The lifestyle you enjoyed while married
- Your income and earning potential
- Your ex’s income and earning potential
- The length of your marriage
- Your ex’s skills and experience that contribute to his or her employability
- The training or education your ex would need to secure employment
- Contributions to the marriage (financial and otherwise)
- Amount of parenting time each person has, if you have children
- The potential consequences you would suffer if you are ordered to pay
These and other factors can help the courts determine three things: if you can pay, if your ex should receive support, and what type of alimony is most appropriate. Broadly speaking, if your ex will be at a considerable financial disadvantage after divorce, you may very well be required to pay alimony.
However, every situation is different and whether you will be required to pay alimony or not will depend on the specific elements of your divorce. If you are concerned about paying alimony or if you have questions about it, you will want to discuss them in more detail with your attorney.