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Florida divorce questions right to alimony after an annulment

There is a certain level of privacy that is to be expected when it comes to divorce, which is why when it comes to other people's marital troubles, there are a lot of people here in Florida who would rather not know what's going on. There are times though when you may want to read about someone else's divorce, especially when a question is raised that might apply to your situation.

Take for example the contentious divorce of U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson and his soon-to-be ex-wife Lolita Grayson. Some of our Brandon readers may be following their case because of the question it raises: is a spouse still eligible for alimony even if their marriage is annulled? It's a question that has both sides arguing passionately. Ultimately though, it will be up to the courts to decide.

If you're familiar with Florida case law like we are though, then you know that this will not be an easy question to answer. That's because, as past cases have shown, awarding alimony after an annulment depends heavily on a number of factors. And because every case is just a little different than the next, the courts have to carefully consider all factors that could apply and if this should result in the awarding of alimony.

In the case of the Florida congressman and his estranged wife, the courts will not only consider the typical elements that factor into an alimony decision but they may also consider the allegations against his wife. According to the congressman, his estranged wife's divorce from her first husband was not finalized until four years after he married her. Lolita denies these claims, saying that the records supporting the congressman's allegations are not hers.

What this case should highlight for our readers is that there are family law issues that are more complex than others, which is why getting an attorney may be necessary in some cases.

Source: The Orlando Sentinel, "Graysons return to court in divorce case amid bigamy dispute," Rene Stutzman, March 9, 2015

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