When you hear "divorce," the first thing most people think of is "alimony." Alimony, or spousal support, is designed to support the lower-earning spouse after a divorce: the higher-earning partner provides money to the lower-earning partner so that they will receive a fair income until they are able to support themselves. This could be for several reasons: one partner may have spent more time taking care of the family rather than career-building, or the lower-earning partner might be unable to maintain their standard of living after divorce without support.
In an article written by its Editorial Board, the Sun Sentinel came out with a strongly worded critique of Governor Rick Scott's proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Board was particularly upset that the budget called for $83.5 million in spending -- a record amount -- but that no funds were earmarked for helping families in need of legal assistance.
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.