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Will I have to pay my spouse alimony after we divorce?

Even though a couple may go through a divorce, the couple may still have obligations to each other through other commitments such as their shared business or investment interests, collaborative property ownership and ongoing obligations related to their children. Additionally, the ex-partners may continue to be connected to one another if a Florida court orders one of the individuals to pay the other financial support in the form of alimony.

Alimony can take on many forms depending upon the circumstances of the partners to the marriage. For example, in a high asset divorce, where both of the partners will leave the marriage with significant incomes and assets, a court may determine that neither needs help from the other in order to maintain their livelihood in their post-divorce existence.

However, when one partner sacrifices their earning potential or supports the other at the expense of their own education or career advancement, a court may order that the higher earning spouse pay the other so that the other may prepare to re-enter the workforce. The factors that a court may look at when deciding if an alimony award is appropriate are the ages of the individuals, the length of their marriage, the standard of living they enjoyed when married, and many others.

The unique facts of each divorce will greatly influence if an alimony award will be likely between two parties. Individuals who wish to request alimony in their divorce proceedings may wish to discuss their options with their family law attorneys, as too may individuals who believe that they may be subject to alimony obligations once their marriages are over. As this post only generally discusses the topic of alimony readers are reminded to treat its contents as information only and not legal advice.

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