According to the National Endowment for Financial Education, 31 percent of adults in the U.S. who have combined their financial resources and assets with a spouse admit that they have withheld information or been deceptive about their finances with their spouse. Women are 18 percent more likely than men to discover that their spouse has been hiding money. Although the practice may be commonplace in marital settings, it is illegal in Florida for either spouse to attempt to hide any assets during divorce proceedings.
Whether or not you will be required to pay your former spouse alimony in Florida depends on many factors unique to your situation. Because alimony is not a legal right that the courts give to everyone, your spouse will first have to request that the courts grant them that right during your case. This usually happens when his or her attorney files the complaint for divorce, or an amended complaint at some time during the action.