Dissolution of Marriage – Calculation of Alimony


In a recent case out of the 2nd District of Florida, the District Court of Appeals held that, in calculating alimony, the earning capacity of the wife should be considered in determining the amount of alimony to be awarded. This additional accounting would reduce the amount of alimony necessary to meet her needs. This case is Zambuto v. Zambuto (Florida Law Weekly 2DCA 2758). In cases like this, it is always a good idea to hire a vocational expert who can inform the court as to the earning potential of a person (the wife, in this case) based on their education and experience, among other factors. The Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the lower court, which should result in a substantial lowering of the alimony amount owed to the spouse.

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