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After my divorce, will I have to pay alimony forever?

It is important that readers of this family law blog understand that alimony, also known as spousal support, does not apply to all Florida divorces. In some cases, the parties to the ending marriage may elect to forego spousal support and rely on their own incomes following the termination of their legal relationships. In other cases, however, one partner to an ending marriage may need financial help to start their life over on their own.

For example, if one partner to a marriage stays out of the workforce in order to raise the couple's kids, maintain the home and partake in other nonwage-earning responsibilities, then they may not be equipped to immediately go back to work once their marriage is over. They may require alimony for a limited period of time to acquire new job skills or obtain the education they need to work for their own wages.

In some cases and based on the specific factors of the unique parties, alimony may last indefinitely. If the recipient spouse is incapable of getting a job then it may fall upon their soon-to-be ex to support them until their lives are over. The payer of spousal support may be obligated to continue paying their ex even after the payer passes away - a decedent's estate may become responsible for continuing an alimony obligation if such requirement is mandated by a court order.

While some couples divorce with no spousal support obligations between them others may find themselves in lifelong alimony commitments. The best way to understand what one's individual alimony obligations may be is to discuss the facts of one's divorce case with an experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney.

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