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How is the amount of alimony determined?

Alimony can be a very touchy subject for couples that are divorcing. One spouse might want more than the other is willing to pay. It could also be a point of contention, sending the divorce proceedings to a judge. If you are planning to get divorced in Clearwater, Florida, you need to know as much as possible about the topic of alimony. For starters, how is the amount of alimony determined?

When the amount of alimony is decided by a court, there is quite a bit of discretion by the court. The court can determine the amount, the length of time for payments and whether or not alimony will even be paid. Some of the factors the court will take into consideration include the following:

  • The time needed for the alimony recipient to take classes or a training course in order to acquire employment
  • The length of the marriage
  • The financial condition, age, physical state and emotional state of both spouses
  • The standard of living for the couple during the marriage.
  • The ability of the spouse making the payments to not only support him or herself but also the ability to make the payments

Alimony payments are harder to enforce when compared to child support payments. Liens and wage garnishments are not typically used. But, the person who is supposed to be receiving the payments could ask the court to hold the other spouse in contempt for failing to pay.

As you can see, there are a lot of factors that come into play when determining the amount of alimony to be paid by one spouse to another. Be sure you know what is at stake prior to filing for divorce in Florida.

Source: Findlaw, "Spousal Support (Alimony) Basics," accessed May 10, 2018

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