I am a married man who is the bread winner in my home and my wife is in social security disability she filed before we were married. We have been married for 6 years and since she has been diagnosed with emotional disorders. Her behavior has become intolerable and i am seeking a divorce. Given the circumstances will i be paying alimony and if so for how long?
Under the circumstances you describe, if you hire a diligent, aggressive lawyer and get some legal advice up front before you separate, there is a good chance you will never make a single alimony payment.
Your marriage is considered a short-term marriage under Florida law, and there is a presumption that permanent alimony should not be awarded. In the course of your divorce, you could be required to pay "temporary alimony" which is support during the case. There are also forms of alimony that are shorter in duration such as bridge-the-gap (maximum two years), rehabilitative (helps create a path to financial viability and requires a rehabilitation plan), and durational alimony (maximum duration is the length of the marriage, i.e., six years for you). The calculation is based on what your wife's need for the support is, with consideration of her expenses and standard of living established during the marriage, and what ability you have to make the payments. Alimony cannot leave the obligor in a worse financial situation than the obligee.
Alimony in short term marriages is fairly uncommon unless there is a massive discrepancy in income and the income earner is in the higher level income brackets ($10,000+ per month). It is a case-by-case determination. There are specific strategies for litigating cases like yours to minimize the chance that you pay alimony and you need solid legal advice early to make them work. Call and meet with divorce lawyers as soon as possible to chart a path forward.
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