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.
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.
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
Florida courts also have the discretion to consider any other relevant factors in awarding spousal support.
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.
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