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Florida Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors

In Florida the support payments (if any) can certainly influence how the marital property distribution is awarded, which is why it can become a very intricate part of the final outcome of any divorce. Keeping this in mind, if you and your spouse are unable to reach and agreement on this issue, the Circuit Court will order support from one spouse to the other on a case-by-case basis as follows:

The court may grant permanent or rehabilitative alimony to either party. The court will typically order periodic payments or payments in lump sum or a combination of both. The court may also consider marital fault, especially adultery when making an alimony award.

The court shall consider all relevant economic factors, including but not limited to: (1)  The standard of living established while married. (2)  The length of the marriage. (3)  The age and health of each party. (4)  The financial resources and assets of each party. (5)  When applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable such party to find appropriate employment. (6)  The contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party. (7)  All sources of income available to either party. The court may consider any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the parties.

The court may order any spouse who is paying alimony to purchase or maintain a life insurance policy or a bond, or to otherwise secure such alimony award should he or she predecease the obligated support period. (Florida Statutes - Chapters: 61.08)

You can also read more about Florida spousal support in the Florida state statutes located at: http://www.flsenate.gov/.