Alimony in Florida has always been an interesting topic. The traditional notions of who qualifies for alimony and who may be required to pay are changing quite rapidly. I get asked quite frequently to give a quick opinion on whether a potential party will be required to pay alimony or in the alternative whether a party will receive alimony. The question might be simple but the answer rarely as simple.
Alimony in its simplest form is determined by one party’s need contrasting with the other party’s ability to pay. This first prong determines whether the party seeking alimony has an actual need for it. The second prong determines whether the other party has the ability to pay alimony. In some cases this evaluation is quite simple but in most cases this evaluation can become very complex. Substantial financial disclosure, vocational evaluations and other discovery tools are often required to determine the proper amount of need, and if the test for alimony even goes to the next level…the factors in the statute. Depending on the specific facts of your case, if the required criteria is established you will either be receiving alimony or be ordered to pay it. Either way you need to consult with an attorney to guide you through this process.
Failing to hire an experienced family law attorney can have serious consequences in an alimony case. Please do not attempt to navigate this process on your own. Schedule your consultation with an experienced family law attorney at Schwam-Wilcox & Associates.
For more information regarding alimony and spousal support issues please contact the law firm of Schwam-Wilcox & Associates by calling 407-245-7700, by e-mailing or by visiting the website at

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