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Florida Divorce Support


The issue of the Florida divorce support is the discretion of the court that is holding the divorce litigation. Florida divorce support refers to spousal support or the child support or the division of property and is ordered by the court to support the financially weaker spouse. The objective of the divorce support is to ensure that both spouses live a healthy life after the divorce and can maintain the same standard of life even after the divorce. But as all the cases of divorce does not require the divorce support of the same nature, the decision varies from case to case depending on the circumstances and the evidences provided by the parties to the court.

FL spousal support –

The spousal support in Florida is awarded by the court as per the Florida Statutes - Chapters: 61.08. It is completely the court’s discretion to award spousal support to one of the spouses and the decision depends on so many factors. After the court has decided to award the alimony in favor of one of the parities it also decides on the nature of the alimony and the amount of the support and for that the court considers the following factors.
  • Standard of living of the spouses during the marriage.
  • Duration of the marriage.
  • Age and health of the spouses.
  • Earning and financial resources of both the parties.
  • Marital and non marital property of the parties.
Florida child support –

According to Florida child support laws, support is awarded as per the Florida Statutes - Chapters: 61.13 and 61.30. In this state the child support is calculated by the court on the basis of the Income Shares Model. Firstly the amount of child support is calculated by the court on the basis of the set guideline. Then that amount of support is proportionately divided among the parents as per their percentage of income. Then these two amounts are balanced to determine who will pay for the child support and how much amount he or she is need to pay. The child support is ordered by the court in such a manner that both the parents share the responsibility for rearing the children.

Florida property rights –

The distribution of property in Florida is done as per the Florida Statutes - Chapters: 61.075 and 61.077. Florida is an "equitable distribution" state and hence the marital properties are distributed in the equitable manner between the spouses. The equitable distribution is not necessarily an equal distribution of the properties but it is the court’s discretion to divide the properties that is feels is just. While deciding on the division of the property the court considers the length of the marriage as well as the role of the spouses and contribution of them towards the family. The financial situation, age, health, obligations, tax issues are also considered while dividing the properties.

While deciding about the Florida divorce support, the main objective of the court is to provide equal benefits to the spouses and to ensure that both of them share responsibilities towards rearing the children.


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