Will I Have to Pay Child Support or Alimony?

Florida law recognizes the responsibility of each parent to provide financial support to their children. In most divorce or child custody cases in Florida, child support will be ordered. The amount of child support depends on a few factors, such as:

When determining whether to award alimony, the court first considers if a spouse has a financial need for alimony and if the other spouse has the ability to pay it. If both of these determinations are affirmative, the court then considers many factors to determine what type, amount and duration of alimony to order. In Florida, the court will not usually order permanent alimony if the marriage is 16 years or less, but it may order durational alimony that lasts for a certain amount of time. Some of the factors the court considers when making decisions regarding alimony include:

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