Part of many divorces in Florida is the awarding of alimony. Alimony is seen by the court as one party providing financial support to the other party. The court awards it for many reasons. Often, it is to help a spouse who did not work during the marriage or who is at a disadvantage when it comes to earning potential. It largely depends on the length of the marriage as well. Regardless of whether you receive or pay spousal support, you may wonder just how long it will last.

Each state sets its own alimony laws, and according to the Florida Statutes, in this state, you could pay or receive it for the rest of your life. It all depends on the circumstances and the type of alimony the court has awarded.

Permanent alimony is often awarded for long-term marriages of 17 years or more where one spouse was heavily reliant on the other for financial support throughout the marriage. This type of support continues until either you or your ex-spouse die. If you are receiving the alimony payments and get remarried, though, payments will stop then.

Rehabilitative alimony is paid in other situations for shorter marriages or where financial dependency is not as great. For this type of support, the court can set the amount of time it is paid. In some cases, it may be paid until certain conditions are met. For example, if you are receiving it, you may be paid until you complete school and earn your degree. This information is for education and is not legal advice.