Written By: Lenorae C. Atter, Attorney
Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A.
Alimony in Florida does not have a calculation that can be used to determine the amount of alimony in a divorce. Florida law has been quiet on a fair amount for alimony, but has provided guidelines for the length of alimony. So, how is alimony calculated in Florida?
First, the length of the marriage is a determining factor for how long a spouse can collect alimony. Florida law states that a marriage of 17 years and more qualifies for permanent alimony. Under that length of marriage there may be qualifying reasons for permanent. Other forms of alimony are as follows: bridge the gap; lump sum; and rehabilitative.
The remaining factors in calculating alimony in Florida are as follows: the lifestyle of the marriage; the contribution of the spouse to marriage (i.e. Giving up schooling); the ability of the other suppose to pay; personal factors (i.e. Health issues). These are all used to determine how much alimony should be paid to the needing party. These factors are considered by the Judge and can also be used to help both parties reach an agreement at mediation.
In a divorce action it is important to understand your rights and options in regards to alimony. To nest understand the process you should speak with an experienced divorce lawyer.