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Do I have to pay alimony in a divorce in Florida?


This question is asked to me almost every day, and the answer is, "It depends." It’s a very large question, and the reason for that is, it depends on how long the parties have been married. Short-term marriages, marriages from, for example, zero to seven years, normally there is no alimony. Marriages from seven to 15 years, there may be some alimony; there may not be. Marriages in excess of 15 or 16 years, there’s a presumption of alimony, or somebody will probably pay alimony. Having said that, though, there’s a lot that goes into the calculation of alimony and if anybody will end up at paying alimony. There has to be an ability to pay the alimony; there has to be a need to pay alimony. These are all questions that you really need to go over with a qualified attorney who really does divorce work, in order to properly answer that question for an individual client.

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