Will I have to pay or can I receive alimony if I have only been married 6 months?

he duration of marriage is an important factor in the process of determining whether alimony is justified and the amount of said alimony award. Generally, in short-term marriages, permanent alimony is not granted unless there is clear evidence that the marriage and divorce directly lead to inequity in a party’s financial positions. Generally a moderate-term marriage is a marriage having a duration of greater than 7 years but less than 17 years. Generally, in short-term marriages, permanent alimony is not granted unless there is clear evidence that the marriage and divorce directly lead to inequity in a party’s financial positions.

There is no clear line determining what is a short-term marriage and what is a long term marriage. F.S. 61.08 (4) addresses the issue of marriage length stating “for the purposes of determining alimony, there is a rebuttable presumption that a

  • short-term marriage is a marriage having a duration of less than 7 years
  • a moderate-term marriage is a marriage having a duration of greater than 7 years but less than 17 years
  • a long-term marriage is a marriage having a duration of 17 years of greater.

” Notice the phrase “rebuttable presumption,” which has been the cause for many conflicting trial court rulings.

There is no guarantee as to how the court will classify a marriage and what effect this will have on an alimony award.

However, in practice, in Palm Beach County divorces, a long-term marriage tends to be followed by a larger permanent alimony award.

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