As we discussed last week, alimony in Florida isn't an automatic factor in divorces. If you think that alimony should be a part of your case, you must make sure that you take the steps necessary to include it in the divorce petition.
Whether you are on the side that is seeking alimony or the side that is being asked to pay, there are several things that you must know about the alimony laws here. This can help you along the way.
You can mediate alimony payment terms
Just like other aspects of the divorce, alimony payments are a topic that might be handled through mediation. This gives you and your ex the chance to work out the terms before you have to turn to the court to make the determination. Mediation puts you in control over what happens, and you don't have to deal directly with your ex, so mediation might be a good option for your case. We can work with you to help you understand the implications of different payment types.
Make sure you understand the different options
You have a variety of options when it comes to alimony payments. You can make monthly payments or a lump sum payment. Alimony can be permanent, which might still end if your ex gets married again. It can also be temporary or used only to help support your ex while he or she learns skills to reenter the job force. We can help you to explore the various types of alimony that might occur so that you can have a good idea of your choices.