Florida Divorce: What are the Factors in Determining Alimony in Florida?

252256_nest_egg_ii.jpgAlimony cases in Florida are determined by Florida statute, but not by a Florida calculation. Since the court is the one to make the overall determination of alimony, the statutes provide certain guidelines in determining what type of alimony will be awarded; the need of the requesting party; and the ability to pay the alimony if awarded.

To make these determinations, Florida Statute 61.08(2) gives a number of factors for the Court to consider in making its decision. The factors include the following:

(a) The standard of living established during the marriage.
(b) The duration of the marriage.
(c) The age and the physical and emotional condition of each party.
(d) The financial resources of each party, including the nonmarital and the marital assets and liabilities distributed to each.
(e) The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the parties and, when applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable such party to find appropriate employment.
(f) 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.
(g) The responsibilities each party will have with regard to any minor children they have in common.
(h) The tax treatment and consequences to both parties of any alimony award, including the designation of all or a portion of the payment as a nontaxable, nondeductible payment.
(i) All sources of income available to either party, including income available to either party through investments of any asset held by that party.
(j) Any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the parties.

A Florida divorce lawyer can help determine whether your case will involve alimony and how to best present evidence regarding the issue.