The award of alimony (also known as spousal support) is a key issue at the center of many divorces and must be resolved during the course of a proceeding for dissolution or voluntary property settlement. Alimony is a court ordered payment by one party to the former spouse for purposes of support after the divorce and can vary in type, amount, and duration. Under Florida law, alimony can be structured in a variety of ways, which is determined during the divorce proceedings and generally awarded by a court as part of the divorce decree. Alimony consists of either, or a combination of, bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational, or permanent support paid by one party to the former spouse.
- standard of living established during the marriage;
- duration of the marriage;
- age and physical condition of each party;
- available financial resources;
- earning capacity and employability;
- contribution of each party to the marriage (for example, homemaking, child care, and career building);
- tax treatment and consequences of an alimony award; and
- sources of income available to each party.
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