Did you know that Florida doesn’t recognize legal separations? As a result, if you separate from your spouse, it may be reasonable to ask for alimony. Alimony provided during your divorce is acknowledged as compensation that is paid because you have a right to participate in your spouse’s estate with the potential for reconciliation.
To get alimony or spousal support while you’re separated from your spouse, you will need to show a judge that you have a financial need for that support and that your spouse is able to compensate you accordingly. If you and your spouse agree that alimony should be paid, then you are legally able to make an agreement on your own as well.
When would you need alimony during your divorce?
It may be reasonable to ask for alimony during your divorce when you:
- Are moving out of the family home and will need additional support to cover the cost of an apartment or room
- Are a lower-wage-earning spouse and need extra support until you can improve your job prospects or income
- Have to stay home with your young children and cannot work regularly to provide an income
These and other reasons may make it important for you to seek alimony from your spouse.
How much alimony is enough alimony during your divorce?
How much alimony you need will depend on your specific financial circumstances. For example, if you look at your budget and see that you need an additional $400 monthly to be able to live reasonably comfortably in a new apartment, you may ask your spouse to cover that amount. If they have the ability to pay, they may agree to that until you can go through your divorce and get a final decree that dictates how much alimony should be paid.
Remember that alimony is usually not permanent, so any alimony you request may be reduced or eliminated after a certain length of time or when other requirements are met. It’s a good idea to talk to your spouse about any financial needs you have and to ask the court for support if alimony is needed while you’re separated.