Permanent alimony has been a hot topic in Florida over the past few years. Some are staunchly opposed to the entire concept, while others think it is the only fair solution.
Alimony laws are very important to those going through divorce. Efforts have been made to change the laws and perhaps eliminate permanent alimony, though that has not been done yet. Whether you are expecting to pay or receive spousal support, it is very important to understand where the current laws stand.
So, why is there all of the controversy?
Those who stand against permanent alimony, often calling it "forever alimony," simply do not think that the practice is fair and just. Why should they have to pay for life just because they got divorced? Many divorce cases are far from amicable. People who barely want to talk to one another do not like the financial connection, and the fact that it lasts forever often feels unjust.
On the other side, those who get alimony say that they need the support. Many of them stopped working to get married and raise a family. It's hard to get a new job and get back into the workforce. When someone puts a career on hold for 15 years and then gets divorced, employers may not be interested at all. Should divorce leave that person with no income and no future prospects?
Again, no matter where you stand on this issue, it is important to keep an eye on the current laws. Make sure you always know your rights and how any changes can impact them.
Source: Florida Politics, "Alimony legislation dead for 2017, sponsor says," JIm Rosica, accessed April 26, 2018