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  • Deena Soliman Braun

Understanding Alimony Laws in Florida Post-July 2023

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is a critical aspect of divorce proceedings, providing financial assistance to a spouse who may be economically disadvantaged after the marriage ends. In Florida, alimony laws underwent significant revisions in recent years, with changes implemented post-July 2023. Let's delve into the key aspects of alimony in Florida under these updated laws.

Types of Alimony

  1. Bridge-the-Gap Alimony: This type of alimony helps one spouse transition from being married to being single. It covers short-term needs such as housing, utilities, and transportation expenses.

  2. Rehabilitative Alimony: Rehabilitative alimony aims to support a spouse while they acquire education, training, or work experience necessary to become self-supporting.

  3. Durational Alimony: Durational alimony provides financial support for a set period following a marriage of short or moderate duration. The duration cannot exceed the length of the marriage.

  4. Permanent Alimony: Permanent alimony is awarded in long-term marriages where one spouse lacks the financial ability to meet their needs independently. (Pre July, 2023)

  5. Nominal Alimony: Nominal alimony involves the payment of a small, symbolic amount of alimony, often to preserve the right to seek modifications in the future.

Factors Considered in Alimony Determination

Florida courts consider several factors when determining alimony awards, including:

  • Duration of the Marriage: Longer marriages typically result in more substantial alimony awards.

  • Standard of Living: The court considers the standard of living established during the marriage and seeks to maintain it as much as possible.

  • Financial Resources and Earning Capacities: The financial resources, earning capacities, and employability of each spouse are evaluated.

  • Contributions to the Marriage: The court considers each spouse's contributions to the marriage, including homemaking, child-rearing, and career sacrifices.

  • Age and Health: The age and health of each spouse are taken into account, particularly concerning their ability to work and become self-supporting.

Changes in Alimony Laws Post-July 2023

The revisions to Florida's alimony laws post-July 2023 brought about several significant changes, including:

  1. Presumption Against Permanent Alimony: There is now a presumption against awarding permanent alimony, except in exceptional circumstances.

  2. Guidelines for Durational Alimony: Clear guidelines were established for durational alimony, ensuring consistency and predictability in awards.

  3. Elimination of Lifetime Alimony: Lifetime alimony awards were largely eliminated, with an emphasis on providing rehabilitative support to help the recipient become self-supporting.

  4. Modification of Existing Alimony Orders: Existing alimony orders may be subject to modification based on changes in circumstances, such as remarriage, cohabitation, or significant changes in income.

Conclusion

Navigating alimony laws in Florida post-July 2023 requires a comprehensive understanding of the revised statutes and their implications. Whether you're seeking alimony or anticipating potential obligations, consulting with a qualified family law attorney is essential to protect your rights and interests. With clear guidelines and considerations for various types of alimony, couples can navigate the complexities of divorce proceedings with greater clarity and fairness.



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