Calculating Spousal Support in Florida
In Florida, as in most other states, there is no set formula for determining how much (if any) money a former spouse is entitled to in the form of spousal support.
Florida awards temporary, rehabilitative, and permanent spousal support. Temporary spousal support lasts only while a divorce is pending. Rehabilitative spousal support lasts for a set period of time after the divorce is final, and is designed to help the dependent spouse stay afloat until he or she becomes financially independent. Permanent spousal support can last indefinitely.
In determining whether and to what extent to grant spousal support, a Florida court will consider the following factors:
- Adultery of either spouse during the marriage, and the circumstances surrounding it
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The duration of the marriage
- The age and health of both spouses
- The financial resources of each party
- The time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable that party to find suitable employment
- All sources of income available to each party
A Florida court will also consider any other relevant factors in awarding spousal support.
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Last Modified: 02-17-2012 01:59 PM PST
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