Although there have been several recent attempts to abolish permanent alimony in Florida, all those recent attempts have failed. Permanent alimony is still alive and well in the State of Florida.
So what does this mean to you, either as a potential recipient, or as a potential payor of alimony? Permanent alimony is generally, as a rule, reserved for those cases in which the marriage has lasted at least 17 years. Once that 17 year threshold is met, the potential for either paying or receiving permanent alimony is quite real.
An award of permanent alimony is not however, based solely upon the years of marriage between the parties. The court is still required, and is mandated by Florida Statute 61.08 to consider the 10 factors listed in that statute regarding the award of alimony.