Florida law allows for an ex-husband or ex-wife to continue to be supported by the other spouse after the marriage has been dissolved. This support is called alimony and can be awarded in periodic payments or payments in a lump sum, or both. Originally, alimony was created to help the ex-wife after divorce. However, in today’s world the husband or wife can be required by law to support the other financially after the dissolution of marriage. This can depend upon the financial circumstances that surround the divorce.
The amount of alimony that one spouse is required to pay to the other is based upon several different factors, some of which are: