In 2011, a new statute was enacted in the state of Florida that impacts alimony payments. The Florida Alimony Statute became effective in July of 2011 and it slightly changed existent spousal support rights, clarified old laws and further defined new legislation. If you are paying or receiving alimony, know that the following changes now stand:
- In order for the court to award alimony in a short-term marriage (marriage lasting under seven years), exceptional circumstances must be documented.
- Before a judge will award permanent alimony, it must be proven that short-term alimony is not sufficient, fair or reasonable.
- If a person is ordered to pay alimony, he or she must not be left with significantly less income that the person that is receiving the payments.
- "Clear and convincing" evidence must be provided for permanent alimony to be awarded for a moderate term marriage (marriage lasting between seven and seventeen years).
Do you have questions about the new alimony laws? If so, take the time to contact Ellerin Hutchinson so you have the opportunity to receive answers from a
Jacksonville family law attorney from our legal team.