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Courts in Florida award alimony after evaluating one spouse’s need for financial support versus the other spouse’s ability to pay such support. In Florida, courts have broad discretion to tailor support awards to each family’s needs. Among the factors Florida courts may consider when awarding alimony are:

• Length of the marriage 

• Age and the physical and emotional condition of both parties

• Financial resources of both parties

• Each parties’ earning capacities and skills 

• Each party’s contribution to the marriage including child rearing and assisting in the career building of the other party

• Standard of living during the marriage


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