Alimony is monetary support for the future given to a spouse after or during the pendency of a divorce. The Florida courts use alimony to maintain the parties’ standard of living after the dissolution of their marriage. The standard of living is the lifestyle the parties have become accustomed to during the marriage. Durational alimony is meant for situations in which one party needs economic assistance for a set time after a short term (less than 7 years) or a moderate term (7-17 years) marriage. Durational alimony may be modified or terminated based upon a substantial change in circumstances. The length of durational alimony may not be modified absent exceptional circumstances. It terminates if either party dies or if the recipient remarries. The length of a durational alimony award cannot be longer that the length of the marriage.
If you are married less than 7 years, it is considered short term marriage. If you are married more than 7 years but less than 17 years, it is a moderate term marriage and over 17 years it is a long term marriage. These lengths are measured from the date of marriage to the date of filing of a petition for dissolution of marriage. You have the right to find out about all of your spouse's income, assets, and all financial information through the use of discovery procedures.
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