Monica I. Salis-Divorce-Family Law Attorney
The amount of Child Support to be paid or received by a parent depends on such factors as:
. Florida Child Support Guidelines
. The relative incomes of each parent
. The number of child(ren) in the family
. Existing child support obligations
. The amount of time the child(ren) spend with each parent
. Special needs of the child(ren)
Florida is an “equitable distribution” state. This means that property is divided equitably and fairly. This may or may not mean that assets are divided “equally”. Marital property includes any assets acquired by either spouse during the course of the marriage, and includes pension and retirement benefits. Ultimately, the goal is to arrive at a distribution that is fair and equitable to both spouses.
Alimony payments are designed to prevent one spouse from suffering undue financial hardship as a result of the divorce. This is especially important in cases where the majority of income and assets are earned by one member of the household. The law currently recognizes that a husband or wife should not be forced to significantly change his or her standard of living simply because of divorce.
It is important to recognize, however, that several factors will weigh into a court’s decision to grant alimony. One of the most important factors is the length of the marriage. Another is the existence of a premarital agreement which addresses the issue of support or alimony. Other factors which are considered in the determination of an alimony award include the incomes of both parties, their respective contributions to the marriage, any other sources of income either party may have, both parties’ physical and emotional health status, and the education and earning ability of the spouses.