Alimony is an area of the law that requires a fact intensive investigation by the court. When a court decides to either award an alimony claim or deny an alimony claim, the court is required to consider all of the statutory factors set forth in Florida Statute 61.08(2).
If a final judgment fails to consider all of the factors set forth in Florida Statute 61.08, the judgment is fatal, and the award or denial of alimony will be reversed and remanded to the trial court for further consideration.
This problem arose in a recent case from Broward County, Florida. In the case of Badgley v. Sanchez, 165 So3d 742 (2015), the trial court failed to consider all of the statutory factors in making an award of alimony. The appellate court took note of the fact that some of the statutory factors were considered, but not all of them. The appellate court stated that a failure to consider all of the mandated factors is reversible error.