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When you are facing the prospect of divorce, one of your main concerns may come down to money. If you've been a housewife or househusband, you may not have a career to support you. Even if you get a job, there's a chance it won't pay as much as your spouse currently earns.

Depending on how long you've been married and your particular circumstances, you could be eligible for alimony. Alimony, also known as spousal support, is not required in Florida, but you can negotiate for it in some cases. For example, if you gave up your career to stay home with your children for the last decade, it's possible to obtain alimony from your spouse while you obtain a new job, go to school for further education or to help boost your standard of living to what you've become accustomed to.

Florida's alimony laws allow the courts to consider many relevant factors when deciding on the amount of alimony you should receive. The courts may review your standard of living in your marriage along with the duration of your marriage. It could take into account your health and the health of your spouse. The contributions made by each person during the marriage also play a role in alimony payments.

It is most likely that those in moderate-term or long-term marriages will receive alimony. Moderate-term marriages are those between seven and 16 years in length. Those 17 years or longer are considered to be long-term marriages in Florida. Our website has more information on alimony and what to expect if you want to claim it.

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