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Answering common questions about alimony

On Behalf of | Oct 4, 2019 | Alimony

Alimony is still a popular part of going through a divorce in Florida. It is a form of spousal support where one spouse makes payments to the other as part of the terms of the divorce agreement. Today, we will answer some of the most commonly asked questions about alimony so you can have a better understanding of how it works.

I didn’t seek alimony during divorce, can I ask for it now? The simple answer here is no. The only time you can ask for alimony is during the divorce process. There’s no method available to obtain alimony after finalizing your divorce.

How long does alimony last? There are two options here: you and your spouse can determine how long alimony payments will last when creating your divorce agreement or you can leave it up to the judge to make a determination.

My spouse disagrees about paying alimony, what now? You can either accept the fact that your spouse does not want to pay you alimony or you can take the issue up with the court.

I am not receiving payments, what can I do? Your best option is to file a motion of contempt with the court that handled your divorce agreement. This motion tells the court you want it to step in and intervene.

Can the alimony amount be changed? Yes, the amount you receive can be changed. Requests to change the amount by increasing or decreasing it can be made by either you or your former spouse.

The questions answered today are just the tip of the iceberg. You likely have many other questions about alimony. That’s why it’s best to seek the help of an attorney in the family law sector.