Consult an Experienced Florida Alimony Attorney and Learn How the New Statute May Affect Your Case.

Florida’s legislature has been grappling with changes to Florida’s alimony law for about a decade.  Despite the controvesy of the topic, alimony has been reformed as of July 1, 2023, affecting all pending and new cases.

Many Floridians assume alimony is a right, but this is untrue.  Historically, alimony has been awarded based on the need of one spouse and the ability of the other spouse to pay alimony.  Different types of alimony have been available based on several factors, including the length of the marriage.  Florida has removed permanent alimony as a presumption in marriages of seventeen years or longer and has introduced formulas for alimony calculation. It has never been more important to consult with an experienced alimony attorney, whether your case is pending or yet to be filed.

Under the reformed law, judges will now have a more structured framework to assess the need for and duration of alimony payments. Factors such as the length of the marriage, the financial resources of each party, and the contributions made by each spouse to the marriage will be carefully considered when determining alimony awards. This shift toward a more formulaic approach seeks to minimize the potential for subjective interpretations and ensure that decisions regarding alimony are fair and predictable.

The impact of the alimony reform extends beyond pending cases, as it also affects future divorces and alimony disputes. Those involved in ongoing divorce proceedings will need to reassess their strategies and consider how the changes in the law may affect their outcomes. Similarly, individuals contemplating divorce or contemplating seeking alimony in the future will now have a clearer understanding of the factors that will be considered when determining spousal support.


Not knowing what will happen to your family home in your divorce can be emotionally trying. Working with an experienced, compassionate divorce attorney can make the process less stressful. If you’re seeking a divorce attorney in Jacksonville, contact the law offices of Patricia Parker at 904-479-5455.

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