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To seek alimony or not: A personal choice

Spousal support has remained a hot topic during the first five months of 2015 and everyone seems to have a valid opinion. While alimony is often a big issue when divorce is imminent, some dependent spouses in Florida may choose to forego spousal support. As with all aspects of ending a marriage, the question of whether or not to accept alimony is personal choice but here are two sides of the issue for those who have not yet made a decision.

Determining who gets alimony in Florida

After a Florida divorce, a judge may award alimony to either party if it determined that it is needed. The alimony may be provided on a permanent basis or for a duration of time as determined by the court. Financial assistance may be used to help one spouse get on his or her feet or help him or her make it through a financial gap. Those who are granted bridge-the-gap alimony may not receive payments for more than two years.

Alimony payments governed by Florida law

In a Florida divorce proceeding, alimony payments may be granted to either spouse. Payments could be temporary or permanent, and they may consist of period payments, a lump sum payment or a combination of both. In order to award alimony, the court will consider an ex-spouse's ability to supply it and whether the individual receiving alimony actually needs it.

Deciding whether to provide alimony during a divorce

While many Florida couples continue to live happily together, it's no secret that a sizable percentage of marriages end in divorce. Achieving an equitable separation can be a great challenge when each party holds a fundamental interest in the outcome. One woman details her experience with post-marital conflict involving alimony, one of the most contentious issues in any divorce.

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