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Florida Maintenance

Florida maintenance can also be called spousal support or alimony. Under Florida divorce laws, the divorce courts may grant alimony to either spouse. Depending on the circumstances of the divorce, maintenance awards may be temporary, also known as rehabilitative, or permanent. When determining maintenance, the divorce court can consider whether a spouse committed adultery and the circumstances of the situation to make an alimony award. The Florida divorce courts may also consider:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Standard of living established in the marriage
  • Age, health and emotional condition of each spouse
  • Each spouse's financial resources
  • If one of the spouses will need to spend time getting an education or training to find appropriate employment
  • Contribution by each spouse to the marriage, including as a homemaker or career building of the other spouse
  • Available sources of income to each spouse
  • Any other factors that will help determine what is equal and just for each party

To learn more about Florida maintenance and how the circumstances of your divorce may affect your alimony award, speak with a local Florida divorce lawyer. Find a Florida divorce attorney practicing near you by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a Florida divorce case review. Find out how to protect your financial security after divorce with the help of a Florida divorce attorney near you.


The above synopsis of Florida divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Florida divorce lawyer in your area.

Florida divorce laws were last updated April 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.