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How is alimony decided in a Florida divorce?

The face of alimony is about to change around the country, and it will affect thousands of Floridians. Alimony in 2019 will not be tax deductible for the person paying it, and it will not be taxable income for the person receiving it. This is a complete switch from the way things have been for decades.

Can I apply for alimony before a divorce in Florida?

Many people who have been through one or two can tell you that divorce is one of the most stressful events in life. This may be true but one of the hardest parts of the process may be the separation before the divorce, especially if it is long term. Fortunately, Florida law allows for spousal support even before a divorce.

The big reason women are paying alimony more often

It used to be that alimony was almost exclusively paid to women after divorce. Their husbands were forced to pay for a variety of reasons, one of which is that women did not have the same ability to support themselves financially. They depended on the marriage for that support. Therefore, it seemed unfair to cut them off suddenly, making the divorce have a far more drastic negative impact on ex-wives than it did on ex-husbands.

Which factors determine spousal support in Florida?

Spousal support may vary significantly from case to case, depending on the specifics of each spouse's circumstances, both individually and as a couple. In Florida, courts may consider a variety of factors before awarding support, beyond considering other aspects of divorce, such as property division or child support. Each of these are interconnected, and increases or decreases in one area often inversely affect the others.