North Florida’s appeals court reversed an order for a former wife to pay $2,000 a month, for five years, to her former husband. When determining alimony, a trial court must determine: (1) the party’s need for support, (2) the other party’s ability to pay, (3) the types of alimony appropriate in the case, and (4) the amount of alimony to award. The family court judge erred in the fourth step, and made an incorrect calculation of alimony. The former wife only had $857 each month, after expenses were calculated. Because this number was well belong the $2,000 figure, the alimony award was reversed and sent back to the family court judge for reconsideration.
The case was Johnson v. Johnson, and the Florida appellate opinion can be read here.