In the state of Florida, alimony or spousal support must be decided before the court establishes child support. Many factors enter into a decision about spousal support, including:

  • The duration of the marriage
  • The standard of living enjoyed by both partners during the marriage
  • The health, age and financial resources of both partners
  • Available sources of income, including wages, salaries, commissions, gifts, inheritances and investment income
  • Either spouse’s contribution of time to childcare
  • Contributions by either spouse to the education of the other spouse

The court may also consider adultery or other types of marital fault in awarding spousal support but, generally, only if marital fault has led to dissipation or waste of marital assets.