When you think of Florida alimony, you might only consider those times when a husband is ordered (or agrees) to make spousal support payments to a wife. But we no longer live in the 1950’s. I am running into more divorce situations where the wife earns significantly more than the husband, and the wife is ordered (or agrees) to pay alimony to the husband.
An award of alimony to a husband is made based on the same exact factors that an award of alimony to a wife is made. The primary consideration is the husband’s need for spousal support, and the wife’s ability to pay. Once a court has determined that there is a need and ability to pay, the court will determine the length and extent of the alimony award after considering the following factors:
(a) The standard of living established during the marriage.
(b) The duration of the marriage.
(c) The age and the physical and emotional condition of each party.
(d) The financial resources of each party, including the nonmarital and the marital assets and liabilities distributed to each.
(e) The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the parties and, when applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable such party to find appropriate employment.
(f) The contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party.
(g) The responsibilities each party will have with regard to any minor children they have in common.
(h) The tax treatment and consequences to both parties of any alimony award, including the designation of all or a portion of the payment as a nontaxable, nondeductible payment.
(i) All sources of income available to either party, including income available to either party through investments of any asset held by that party.
(j) Any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the parties.
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