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How Long Do I have to Pay Alimony in Florida?

When one spouse requests alimony in a divorce case, the other spouse might naturally be concerned about how paying alimony is going to impact their financial situation. Specifically, they will likely wonder how much they will have to pay and for how long. The amount of alimony will depend largely on the income of the paying spouse and the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage. The length of alimony can depend on different factors, which you should discuss with your divorce attorney directly.

Types of Alimony

First, the duration of an alimony award in Florida will depend on the type of alimony awarded. The following are the possible types of alimony that family courts can award:

Once the type of alimony is decided, the duration will be based on other factors, including the length of the marriage and the financial resources available to each spouse.

Modifying the Duration of Alimony

Permanent alimony is the longest-lasting type of support, though once you have a permanent alimony order, you can always seek a modification in the future. If your ex-spouse is in a supportive relationship or marriage, or is able to support themselves, you can always request the court to modify the order or terminate it altogether.

Consult with Our Brandon Alimony Attorneys about Your Situation

If your spouse is seeking an alimony award, you need an attorney who will protect your rights against having to pay support for too long based on the circumstances of your marriage. The Brandon divorce lawyers at Carman, Bevington & Finegan can help, so please call 813-654-3444 or contact us online today.