Florida residents who are contemplating divorce may be interested in the way alimony is decided. The first determination the court considers is whether or not one spouse needs alimony and if the other spouse is financially able to pay it. In determining the amount of alimony, the court has many variable to consider. The length of the marriage and the contribution of each spouse is taken into consideration including child rearing, and the age and health of both spouses. Marriages of less than seven years are considered to be short-term marriages in Florida, while long-term ones exceed 17 years.
If one spouse enhanced the other's career by curtailing their own time in the workforce to take care of home-related duties, the court will use that information. Two types of alimony allow a spouse to readjust to life on their own. One bridges the gap between married and single status while the other, rehabilitative alimony, allows a spouse to retrain or seek education crucial to finding employment.