Calculating Alimony in Florida

Florida alimony reform has been on the legislative agenda in recent years with a push for clearer calculation guidelines and the elimination of permanent alimony.  Having a Miami spousal support lawyer who stays on top of changes in the law is crucial to maximizing the outcome of your Miami divorce case. Some of the factors the court considers in awarding alimony under current statutory law are the following: 

  • Length of the marriage
  • Need of the spouse asking for alimony and the ability of the other spouse to pay it
  • Standard of living established during the marriage
  • Age and physical condition of the parties

Adultery of a spouse may play a role in an alimony award as well.  While there is no set formula for calculating spousal maintenance in a Florida divorce case, the court may determine the amount by examining percentage splits of the combined income of the parties. 

Types of Florida Alimony

There are four types of spousal support awarded in Florida: 

  • Bridge the gap: Awarded to help a spouse transition to single life financially. May not exceed two years.
  • Rehabilitative: Purpose is to help a spouse become self-supporting by returning to school or otherwise gaining experience for better employment opportunities.
  • Durational: Provides support to a spouse for a set period of time after the marriage, the length of which is not to exceed the length of the marriage. This type of support is ordered when permanent alimony is inappropriate.
  • Permanent: Reserved for marriages 17 years in length or longer. In most cases, it terminates upon the death of either party or the remarriage of the party receiving alimony.

Many more factors and analysis go into calculating alimony and there may be exceptions to the rules that may benefit you. For a complete alimony analysis that takes the specific factors of your case into consideration, contact Streets Law for an in-depth consultation.