Alimony is a term referring to the payment of certain monies as a form of financial support. It is based on the common law right of a wife to be supported by her husband. However, in 1979 the U.S. Supreme Court removed alimony’s limitation to husbands, to account for cases in which the wife is wealthier.
Traditionally speaking ex-husbands are probably thought of as being the ones ordered to make alimony payments. However, since the 1979 Supreme Court ruling referenced above, that is no longer the case. For example, U.S. soccer star, Landon Donovan, has filed for divorce from his actress wife Bianca Kajlich, and in his divorce pleadings he is requesting alimony from Bianca.
Therefore, it is important to know, if you make good money at your job, be prepared to pay alimony, regardless of whether you’re the guy or the gal.
If you are considering divorce and are unsure of how an award of alimony may work out, contact a Jacksonville Florida Alimony Attorney today.