If you are getting a divorce in Florida, there are many things likely on your mind. One of them may be whether you will get alimony or not. You may not know if it is awarded in every case or if it is possible you will not have alimony in your case. Whether you are receiving or paying spousal support, it is a good idea to know how likely it is to be awarded in your situation.
According to the Florida Statutes, alimony is up to the discretion of the court. It may not always be awarded. The court looks at the situation and circumstances of the divorce and current financial situations, along with other factors, such as quality of life and how finances were managed in the marriage in the past. It uses this information to decide if alimony should be awarded.
To award alimony, the court has to determine a need for it based on the facts of the case. It also has to look at whether finances allow for such support to be paid. Sometimes the court makes a ruling for temporary payments that are to last a specific time to help in the transition period for a spouse who does not currently have a way to support him or herself.
So, the bottom line is that alimony may or may not come into the picture during your divorce. Even if you or your spouse requests it, the court may not award it based on the situation at hand. This information is for education and is not legal advice.