Florida lawmakers are gearing up to spar over one of their most perennially contentious issues — permanent alimony. Currently, bills are introduced to both the house and senate to re-examine the standards for determining permanent alimony, with very strong supporters on both sides of the issue. If the bills are successful, the guidelines for when to assign permanent alimony and how much one must pay will be tightened.
For Floridians, one of the perennial issues that seems to come around every few legislative cycles is alimony — and 2017 is shaping up to be just such a cycle. Although alimony reforms featured prominently in 2016, and an alimony bill did make it through the legislature, it was vetoed at the Governor's desk and sent back to square one.
This is one of the big questions that comes up when a couple is going through the divorce process. While there is no definitive answer, since each couple's case will be different, it's important to understand how alimony is decided and what factors are considered. The most common reason for alimony is when one spouse has much less employability than the other, usually because they were a stay-at-home parent or were unemployed for a long time.
If you're in the beginning stages of a divorce, calculating your various assets can be a convoluted process, and one that could yield unsatisfactory results if completed haphazardly. You will be given a number of forms to fill out to declare the value of your various streams of income and liabilities, but often this information is not easy to parse through as a layperson. If you simply "guesstimate" values when completing these affidavits, you may end up shortchanging yourself in the settlement process. For those who wish for the best possible divorce settlement, it is wise to consider obtaining a Lifestyle Analysis.