A big paycheck doesn’t always mean big alimony payments

On behalf of South Tampa Law Group posted in alimony on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

Worried about spousal support? You are certainly not alone, and your concerns are valid. While receiving alimony can indeed be important for your ex, you also have your own personal finances to look out for. In Florida, maintaining your own financial stability after your divorce is just as important.

A number of factors will influence whether you pay alimony and, if so, how much. While some of these are relatively straightforward, such as the length of your marriage and both of your incomes, others are more nuanced. A judge may consider the type of lifestyle you enjoyed as married couple, your educational backgrounds and both of your future earning potentials.

However, even without going before a judge, you may already have a fairly good sense that you will end up having to pay alimony. This does not mean that you have to resign yourself to paying absurdly high amounts every month. Even if you are a professional who makes a decent salary, such as a doctor, business owner or athlete, you should only be paying what is fair and right for your situation. Having a higher paycheck does not necessarily translate to forking most of it over to your ex.

Alimony is an emotionally charged issue, so figuring out the best possible arrangement is not always easy. However, that does not mean that it is not possible. Individuals who choose to work alongside attorneys experienced in Florida family law may have a better understanding of their rights and the matter at hand, which can help when ensuring that post-divorce payments are set at an appropriate amount.