When most people think of alimony, they think of support payments a woman may receive from her ex following their divorce. However, Florida's alimony statute is gender neutral. This means that men and women may receive alimony.
In Florida, the court considers a number of factors in determining whether there should be an award of alimony, including whether one side has a financial need and the other has the ability to pay. In the case of stay-at-home dads, many have sacrificed their own careers and earnings potential to enable their partners to pursue their careers. As a result, stay-at-home dads may be entitled to alimony if their marriage ends in divorce.
There are four types of alimony in Florida:
- Bridge-the-gap alimony to allow the recipient to make a transition from being married to being single
- Rehabilitative alimony to assist a recipient in becoming self-supportive
- Durational alimony for a specific period of time
- Permanent alimony
In addition to financial need, the court considers a number of other factors in determining whether one side should receive alimony, including:
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- How long the marriage lasted
- The ages and conditions of each party
- The financial resources available to each party
- The earning capacity of each party
- The contributions of each party to the marriage, including child care
- The responsibilities each party will have for minor children
The Nix Law, P.A., in Orlando represents fathers seeking alimony to meet their financial needs after divorce. We are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of our clients and protecting the rights of fathers in family law matters.