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Whether you expect to pay alimony or hope to receive it, one key question in your divorce will be: How long will alimony last? This is a complex question. Your lawyer must have a full command of the facts and the law in order to give you the best chance to achieve your goals. I am attorney J. Melanie Slaughter. From my office in Ocala, help people across northern Florida take on challenging family law issues, including alimony.
Florida has different types of alimony. They include:
Permanent alimony is rarely granted in marriages of less than seven years, and can only be granted in marriages of between seven and 17 years if one spouse can show by “clear and convincing evidence” that it is necessary. In short, if your marriage has lasted longer than 17 years, there is a higher likelihood that one spouse will pay permanent alimony. With this said, judges will look at many factors when deciding whether alimony is necessary, such as:
Depending on your circumstances, alimony may or may not be appropriate. I will look closely at your situation and help you understand how a judge is likely to consider your case.
In April 2016, Governor Rick Scott vetoed a bill in the Florida legislature that would have basically ended permanent alimony and dramatically changed Florida’s child support laws. Governor Scott also vetoed a version of this bill in 2013. Given the contentious nature of this topic, it would not be surprising to see the legislature again attempt to change alimony and child support laws.
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