In cases of divorce, many divorcing spouses worry about alimony. Some worry that they will have to pay alimony and others worry that they will not receive alimony. But what IS alimony? Alimony is a term given to spousal support or the financial support one spouse receives from another after divorce leaves their financial situation unbalanced. How do you know if you will be paying or receiving alimony in a Jacksonville divorce?
The short answer is, you don't. Alimony is awarded in family court based on factors related to the divorcing spouse's specific financial situation. It is important to understand that courts have broad discretion when it comes to awarding alimony. Alimony is awarded in situations in which one spouse made a personal, financial or educational sacrifice in lieu of the other spouse and children that leaves that spouse's standard of living starkly unbalanced after the financial shake-up of a divorce.