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What Factors does a Court Consider when Awarding Florida Alimony? The end of a marriage can be a trying time, both emotionally and financially. For many people, fundamental aspects of their daily life will change dramatically, including where they live, how often they see their children, their day-to-day routine, and even whether or not they have a job. In some cases, one of the parties to a marriage has forgone pursuing a career in order to support his or her spouse, or may have left the workforce early in order to raise a family or manage the marital home. Florida Alimony Of course, the parties to a marriage both have financial needs, both during the mDismissarriage and afterwards, should it end. The law that governs the way marriages end recognize this fact, and provide for an equitable distribution of the marital assets upon dissolution. Additionally, Florida Courts are authorized by law to award additional financial support based on one party’s need and the other party’s ability to pay. This type of arrangement is referred to as “alimony” by Florida law, but can also be called “spousal support” or “maintenance.” There are several types of alimony that may be awarded, including bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, permanent, durational, or lump-sum alimony.