Alimony payments are either a burden or a blessing, depending on whether you're the "paying" or the "receiving" spouse. If you're the paying spouse, you probably don't want to have to make these monthly payments, and you're hoping that you can defend against the possibility during your divorce process.
Here are four facts you'll want to drive home during your divorce to try to bypass an alimony award:
When your marriage was short
If your marriage was less than a year, or just a couple years in length, you'll want to emphasize this fact in court. Most spouses who were in short-term marriages will not need to pay alimony; or, if they do need to pay it, their alimony bills will be smaller and for a shorter period of time.
Your spouse can earn money on his or her own
If your spouse has a good job and can earn enough money to be financially independent, this is an important fact to highlight while defending yourself against the need to pay him or her financial support.
Your spouse is in excellent financial shape
If your spouse has personal assets at his or her disposal, these assets could be sufficient to invalidate the need to pay alimony.
You're suffering from financial difficulties
If you're suffering from financial difficulties, the court will probably not require you to pay alimony. At the very least, no Florida family law court will force you to pay alimony beyond your means.
If you don't know where you stand with regard to the threat of needing to pay alimony in your Florida divorce, our law firm can help you evaluate your situation fully and completely.