Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Florida

Q: Does a lesser earning spouse pay alimony?

My spouse who earns double my income filed for alimony. Will I have to pay?

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Lynette Silon-Laguna
Lynette Silon-Laguna
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  • Tampa, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Hello! There has to be a need for alimony for one spouse and the ability to pay by the other spouse. It sounds like he would be the one who would likely pay you alimony, depending on the circumstances and whether alimony is an issue. We offer a free consultation to discuss your situation if you are in the Tampa Bay area. Call 813-672-1900 or text 813-543-8960. Take care!

Opal Phiona Lee
Opal Phiona Lee
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  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Alimony is based on one spouse having a need and the other spouse having the ability. Though a person may request alimony, the facts of the case will determine whether that person ultimately receives it. If your spouse makes double your income, it doesn't appear he/she would be eligible; you, on the other hand, may be entitled to some spousal support. You should consult with one of us divorce attorneys to obtain advise specific to your situation.

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Camila Martin
Camila Martin
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  • Miami Lakes, FL
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A: in Florida Alimony gets awarded by a judge based on one spouse's need for alimony and the other spouse's ability to pay it. Either spouse can request alimony, but that does not mean they will get it. It will all depend on your specific case and the party's need and income. If you are the lesser-earning spouse, it is unlikely you will have to pay alimony when the other party has a higher income.

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