Florida readers know the end of a marriage will initiate significant financial changes. Divorce means the division of marital property and debt, as well as the possibility of a shift in your lifestyle and financial stability. This can be an uncertain and overwhelming time, but you may have the right to seek security through spousal support.

Also called alimony, spousal support exists for the support and protection of a lesser earning spouse after a divorce. If a spouse did not work, a divorce could lead to a complete lack of income, which can be financially devastating. This type of support allows a person to seek education, look for jobs and enjoy a certain amount of security after his or her marriage is over.

How do you know if you qualify?

Not every person who wants spousal support will be able to get it. Courts will grant this support on a case-by-case basis, but there are certain things they will consider and evaluate as they make this determination. These might include:

  • The ages of both spouses
  • The income level of both parties
  • The education needed for the lesser earning spouse to find another job or reenter the workforce
  • How long the marriage lasted
  • The ability of the higher earning spouse to pay

Every case is different, and a court will look at all of the above and other factors to determine if spousal support is necessary and appropriate. If granted, it is not always permanent.

While you may be eligible for permanent alimony in some cases, a court may only grant this to you for as long as it will take you to go to school, find a job or start to earn additional income. Your ability to work, mental state and age could all factor into the duration of any spousal support payments you might receive.

Fighting for your financial security

Divorce is complex and difficult, but you have the right to fight for a beneficial outcome. With guidance, you can pursue specific goals you might have, which may include securing spousal support benefits.

If you believe you may have a claim to these benefits or you have concerns over your financial security after your divorce is final, you do not have to deal with these concerns on your own. A complete evaluation of your case can help you understand your options and how you can fight for the post-divorce future you deserve.