Florida Allows Alimony and Child Support Without Divorce

Written By: Lenorae C. Atter, Attorney
Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A.

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In Florida, if you are going separate ways in your marriage, divorce is not a requirement to receive alimony and/or child support in Florida. If you and your spouse are separated, then the party in need of spousal or child support may petition the court without filing for divorce (Florida Statute 61.09). This allows for parties to separate without the pressure of divorce if that is not their ultimate goal.
The Court establishes alimony based on the same factors that are considered in a divorce proceeding, per Florida Statute 61.08, such as length of the marriage, contribution of the parties during the marriage, lifestyle of the marriage, etc.

Child Support is determined based on the child support guidelines in Florida Statute 61.30, as it would be under any other proceeding in family law matters ( divorce, paternity, etc.).

Child Support is based on the income of the parties, so if alimony is awarded, it will be factored in as income to the receiving party for purposes of child support.

if you are separated and in need of alimony or child support, it is good to seek assistance from an experienced lawyer that can walk you through the process from the beginning.