When a married couple gets divorced, it is often assumed that the man will pay spousal support to the woman. However, what happens if the wife makes more money than the husband? As women succeed and advance in the workforce, it is becoming more common for them to make more money than males.
Statistics show that the number of families with female breadwinners is approximately 40%, but only 3% of alimony recipients are men. Clearly there is something wrong with these numbers. Males have made great strides in successfully fighting for custody of their children, but they are still behind in the area of spousal support.
In determining whether to award alimony, the Florida courts look at “need” and “ability to pay.” Thus, it is essential that you be able to prove your need for financial support in your divorce, as well as your spouse’s ability to pay. Below are some of the factors the court analyzes in determining need and ability to pay:
- The standard of living established during the marriage.
- The duration of the marriage.
- The age and the physical and emotional condition of each party.
- The financial resources of each party, the non-marital and the marital assets and liabilities distributed to each.
- When applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable such party to find appropriate employment.
- The contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party.
- All sources of income available to either party.
- The court may consider any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the parties.
If you need assistance with your divorce and seeking spousal support, contact the Men’s Divorce Law Firm today. Our approach to family law is quite simple: we listen to you; we return your calls promptly; we keep you prepared and informed; we respect your time; we understand your concerns; and, most importantly, we care.