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Permanent alimony is still a legal option in Florida

If you are considering divorce, the subject of permanent alimony may be on your mind. If you have been a Florida resident for a while, you have probably been keeping up with the various attempts by lawmakers to replace this statute.

Permanent alimony is one of several choices a judge can review before making a decision regarding payment from one party to the other in a particular divorce case. Currently, the bill for reform has died in the Florida legislature; therefore, this type of alimony is still an option for the court to consider.

Providing for needs and necessities

Florida is one of only a few states that still maintain permanent alimony as an option following the dissolution of marriage. The goal is for the “needs and necessities of life” to be maintained for the party who, following divorce, would no longer have the financial ability to meet these requirements. This is the option usually chosen when a marriage of long duration has ended. The court will also consider evidence that proves the need for permanent alimony in marriages of moderate or even short duration. However, the court must base its decision upon finding that there is no other kind of alimony that is “fair and reasonable.”

When it ends

The order for permanent alimony ends when either of the parties dies. It can also terminate when the person receiving the alimony remarries. The court considers modification or termination of the original award if circumstances change significantly; for example, if the payor should suffer a considerable reduction in income and cannot continue to make the alimony payments.

Seeking legal help

Permanent alimony is probably just one of many concerns and questions you have if you are contemplating divorce. Reach out for legal advice and assistance. An attorney experienced with family law is standing by to help you through the dissolution process and prepare you for a new chapter in your life.

 

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