Florida law allows for alimony depending on the circumstances. Alimony is awarded based on specific factors (FL Statute 61.08):
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The duration of the marriage
- The age and the physical and emotional condition of each party
- The financial resources of each party, the non-marital and the marital assets and liabilities distributed to each
- The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the parties and, when applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable such party to find appropriate employment
- The contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party
- The responsibilities each party will have with regard to any minor children they have in common
- The tax treatment and consequences to both parties of any alimony award, including the designation of all or a portion of the payment as a nontaxable, nondeductible payment
- All sources of income available to either party, including income available to either party through investments of any asset held by that party
- Any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the parties
HOWEVER, knowing the law and then applying this law as well as the exceptions that are contained in the case law in Florida go hand in hand when arguing either for or against alimony.
There is what is known as a “gray area” in which the Court could go either way with alimony.
Then there are the cases where the marriage is considered so “long term” that alimony is expected to be given.
Both men and women may be entitled to alimony. The law here in Florida changes as frequently as the wind shifts….Anne Alper is continuously updating her knowledge in this area based upon the cases that come out of the Court of Appeals both in the South Florida area and within the State of Florida.
Ms. Alper has learned through her near 25 years of experience to expect the unexpected, ESPECIALLY when the case finds itself in front of a Judge to decide. It is for this reason that especially where alimony is concerned, you want Anne V. Alper, Esq. on your side. She has seen it all and is ready for the Court to decide based upon the law that she brings with her into the Courtroom on behalf of her clients.
Anne V. Alper, Esquire… Experience, Guidance and Results