A star of movies and television, actress Geena Davis, has announced she is divorcing her husband, Reza Jarrahy. According to documents, her husband is seeking alimony from his wife, and has asked that a request for spousal support by Davis be denied. What is alimony?

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This is Geena Davis’ fourth marriage. The actress’ husband filed for divorce after nearly 17 years of marriage on Tuesday. According to court documents obtained, Jarrahy cited irreconcilable differences and stated Nov. 15, 2017, as their date of separation.

In the court documents, which were filed under the names Rob Doe vs. Veronica Doe, Jarrahy is asking for spousal support and joint legal and physical custody of their children.

He is also asking the judge to deny any request by Davis for spousal support.

Florida Alimony

I’ve written about alimony and alimony reform in Florida often. In every dissolution of marriage case, the court can grant alimony to either party – husband or wife.

There are several types of alimony in Florida: bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational, or permanent alimony. The court can also award a combination of alimony types. Alimony awards are normally paid in periodic payments, but sometimes the payments of alimony can be in a lump sum or both lump sum and periodic payments.

In determining whether to award alimony or not, the court has to first make a determination as to whether a party, like either Davis or her husband, has an actual need for alimony, and whether the other party has the ability to pay alimony.

Once a court determines there is a need and ability to pay alimony, it has to decide the proper type and amount of alimony. In doing so, the court considers several factors, some of which can include:

  • 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, including the nonmarital and the marital assets and liabilities distributed to each.
  • The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the parties and, when applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable such party to find appropriate employment.

A League of Her Own

Davis is not only an actress, but a film producer, writer, and former archer. She is known for her roles in The Fly, Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, and The Accidental Tourist, for which she won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

The People article is here.

 

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