When a couple divorces or separates, the court may require one spouse to pay spousal support, also called alimony, to the other spouse if one spouse or domestic partner is more financially stable than the other.
How Does Florida Determine Spousal Support?
In Florida, as in many other states, there is no set formula for determining how much money a former spouse is entitled to in the form of spousal support.
What Types of Spousal Support Are Available?
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.
What Factors Will the Court Consider in Awarding Spousal Support?
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
Florida courts also have the discretion to consider any other relevant factors in awarding spousal support.
Should I Contact a Lawyer?
Divorce or separation and the calculation of spousal support can be a complicated matter. If you have concerns about your divorce proceedings or about the amount of spousal support you are receiving or paying, a divorce lawyer can help.