Florida Alimony/Spousal Support FAQs
Do you expect spousal support to be an issue in your divorce? Maybe it has already come up. Your former spouse may have asked you to pay spousal support, or if you are the one asking it, your ex might be trying to deny your request.
Whatever side of the matter you are on, you probably have many questions about spousal support, how it works and your rights. At The Day Law Office in Spring Hill, Florida, we will sit down with you and answer all your questions, then get to work on your case. Whether you are going through divorce or need to adjust an existing spousal support order, our lawyers’ more than 40 years of combined experience will give you the advantage.
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions our clients ask us about spousal support:
What Does ‘Spousal Support’ Mean? Is It Different Than Alimony?
Spousal support is the legal term for alimony. These terms mean the same thing: a lump-sum or regular series of payments from one former spouse to the other.
Who Qualifies For Alimony?
There is no hard and fast rule. Generally, someone getting a divorce or legal separation can expect to receive alimony if they lack the skills or resources to support themselves financially. Often, people in this position relied on their spouse to earn the household income during the marriage and were married a long time. People in this position often lack a substantial work history and education. They would struggle to afford basic necessities without financial support from their ex.
How Long Does Spousal Support Last?
Most forms of alimony are temporary and intended to last until the recipient is able to become self-sufficient. This process can take several years if the recipient must go to school or take low-paying work to get their career started. Permanent alimony, or spousal support with no set end date, is allowed under Florida law, but only in circumstances where the recipient can show they will never be able to become financially independent.