Alimony is actually determined by the courts on a two-step process. First, the court is going to look at need versus the ability to pay. In other words, whoever is making the request for alimony has to have a need for that alimony. Second, the opposing party has to have the ability to pay the alimony. Once the court makes the determination that there is a need and an ability to pay, then the court will look at several statutory factors to determine the type of alimony, as there are six different types in the state of Florida, as well as the amount of the award.
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