If you're marred for a significant amount of time, you may find that your attorney informs you about the ability to seek alimony. This is particularly common in relationships where you are a home-based parent or work a job that supports your spouse; you may also be given alimony as a way to receive payments to raise your income and provide you with a similar lifestyle as you had in your marriage.
A new Florida bill could change the rules of divorce though, taking away alimony early from many people who would otherwise receive it permanently, and it's making some people wary of the potential consequences. According to a Feb. 8 report, lawmakers in the state are considering changing how alimony works and changing how much time parents who are not the primary custodians of their children get to spend with their children. Both potential changes have significant numbers of advocates along with those who disagree with the terms of the changes.