What's the difference between alimony and spousal support agreements?
While they're often lumped into the same category, spousal support agreements are essentially alimony terms that have been agreed upon by both spouses. The terms of this agreement can be laid out at any time, but are typically made during the divorce proceedings. The alimony amount must be agreed upon by both parties, and it is important that, even if both parties agree on the alimony details, an agreement is presented to the court and made official as part of the court's order. This will help ensure that all details of the agreement are upheld going forward.
How will the court determine the type and amount of alimony?
The court will consider a variety of factors when determining the details of an alimony award. While Florida is a no-fault divorce state when it comes to the grounds for a divorce, the court may consider fault, or lack thereof, in making an alimony award. The factors for the court to consider in awarding alimony include the following statutory factors:
- The parties' prior standard of living
- The length of the marriage
- The age of both spouses
- The time necessary to acquire education or training for employment
- Services rendered by homemaking, child rearing, and education and career building of the other spouse
- The physical and emotional condition of both spouses
- The financial resources of each spouse
- The income-earning capacity of the assets each spouse receives
- The income-producing capacity of the assets each spouse receives
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