After equitable distribution is determined, the court may consider whether a spouse is entitled to an award of alimony. The court may award alimony to either spouse. The requesting party must demonstrate that they have a need for alimony and that the other party has the ability to pay. Once the requesting spouse has established a need for alimony and the other party’s ability to pay, the court must evaluate relevant factors, which are detailed under Florida Statute 61.08, to determine the type of alimony and the amount of alimony to be awarded. In order to obtain information on a spouse’s income and assets, we utilize a number of discovery procedures, including the exchange of financial documents. Having a skilled family law attorney can help you reach an alimony settlement you are satisfied with, whether your are the paying spouse or the spouse receiving support.