Florida Alimony / Spousal Support

Florida alimony, also referred to as marital support, spousal support or maintenance, is the obligation of one spouse to provide financial support to the other spouse during or after a divorce. In Florida, alimony payments can be made by either party regardless of sex.

In the state of Florida alimony will be awarded only if the requesting spouse can show that their inability to support themselves with their own income is "well-founded." The court may consider the adultery of either spouse and the circumstances thereof in determining the amount of alimony, if any, to be awarded.

For purposes of determining alimony, it is presumed that a marriage of less than 7 years is considered a short term marriage. A marriage of more than 7 years but less than 17 years is considered a moderate term marriage and a marriage of 17 years or more is considered a long term marriage.

Types of Alimony Awarded in Florida:

In any award of alimony, the court may order periodic payments lump sum payments or both.

In determining whether to award alimony or maintenance, the court will first determine whether one party has an actual need for alimony or maintenance AND the other party has the ability to pay alimony or maintenance. Once the court determines the need and ability of the parties the amount and duration of alimony will be decided

Spousal support or maintenance in Florida is based these factors:

Modification of Spousal Support in Florida

Termination of Spousal Support in Florida

Florida statutes for divorce and alimony can be found here: Chapter 61 DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE; SUPPORT

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