Alimony — can I get it or will I have to pay?

On behalf of South Tampa Law Group posted in alimony on Thursday, August 16, 2018.

In the not-too-distant past, most people in Florida assumed that men always end up having to pay their exes spousal support. Although it is true that men typically pay alimony more frequently than their female counterparts, it is not because of their gender. Several factors come into play when figuring out who — if anyone — pays support.

Alimony — commonly called spousal support — is not an easy subject to deal with. After all, no one particularly likes the idea of making regular payments to their ex even after their divorce is finalized. Still, alimony is an important topic for many reasons. If you did not work during your marriage you may need time to develop a financial safety net. If your ex took on less responsibilities at work to take on extra child rearing duties then he or she might require job training. Alimony provides the necessary financial support until you are ready to be on your own.

So what goes into deciding who should receive alimony? There are many factors, including whether you worked during the marriage and both of your current incomes. Other considerations include:

How long you were married
Your educational backgrounds
Potential earnings
Your lifestyle during the marriage

Do not leave things up to chance if you need alimony to reach a better financial future. If your ex is contesting alimony or you suspect that he or she is hiding information in order to lower their financial obligation, you need help. For more information about alimony, Florida family law and your rights, be sure to visit our website.