New Alimony Laws In Florida

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Effective July 1, 2010, new alimony laws have taken over in Florida divorce courts.  There is now something called DURATIONAL ALIMONY which never was referenced in state law before.  It applies in divorce cases where permanent alimony is not awarded but where the marriage falls into the gray area of about 8 to 17 years.

Judges still have to determine a spouse’ entitlement to alimony.  Once that is set forth, the judge has to decide how much alimony and for how long.  Permanent alimony is awarded mostly in cases where the marriage is more than 17 years.  Prior to that length of time, durational alimony may be awarded.  There are also new factors which a judge can consider in an award of alimony. 

For more information call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835-9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at for more information.


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