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Alimony: An important support for supportive spouses

Although you may not want to pay spousal support to your spouse upon divorce, it's important to recognize the purpose of it. Spousal support, also known as alimony, is awarded to help limit unfair economic effects of a divorce. For instance, if you have been the sole provider and your partner was a stay-at-home parent, then alimony may be paid to help your partner while finding a job or going back to school to start a new career. Alimony may also be awarded to help your spouse continue to live at the same standard that you do now.

Alimony can support the lifestyle you've become accustomed to

When you are facing the prospect of divorce, one of your main concerns may come down to money. If you've been a housewife or househusband, you may not have a career to support you. Even if you get a job, there's a chance it won't pay as much as your spouse currently earns.

Alimony can be an important topic in a gray divorce

You've been living with your spouse for many years, and your finances are intertwined. You stayed home to watch your children more than your spouse, so you only worked part-time. Now, you're in your 50's and your children have finally moved out of your home. You thought this was when you'd get back to living in a way that celebrated your spouse and your achievements and life together, but your spouse wants to get a divorce. You aren't sure if you should ask for alimony or not.

Spousal maintenance is important for lesser-earning spouses

You know that alimony is something some people pay to their exes following a divorce, but what is it? Does it have any importance in your case? Spousal support is an important payment that is paid to a divorcing spouse who earns less than the other. The payment is intended to help the individual as he or she starts a new, independent life following divorce.

Permanent alimony could come to an end in Florida

Florida's lawmakers have talked about changing alimony laws for a significant amount of time, but not much has happened. Now, there is an alimony bill that the governor could potentially sign. The new alimony bill would replace laws that designed alimony for times when women were unlikely to get divorced and had little economic power.

Men: Here's a few tips for handling your finances during divorce

Men who are going through a divorce might think they're biased against in court, but fortunately, that's not the case. There are many things you can do to help make this divorce go smoothly and work out in your favor. Yes, divorce is a challenge and it can be complicated for everyone involved, but there are steps you can take to make sure you're prepared.

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