There are few words that send shivers down the back of a higher earning spouse than “permanent alimony.” In Florida, Fla. Stat. 61.08, states after a couple has been married for seventeen (17) years, there is a rebuttal presumption that permanent alimony should be established to protect the lower earning spouse from financial ruin after a divorce. But it is important to understand what the provision really means by taking it in parts.
First, Fla. Stat. 61.08 has many components all regarding alimony including:
- how a court determines an amount of alimony