A spouse may receive alimony a/k/a spousal support in Florida without filing for divorce under Florida Statute 61.10. To receive alimony without divorce, a spouse files a “petition for spousal support unconnected with dissolution of marriage.” In addition to filing a petition, a spouse will also file a financial affidavit and other  financial disclosure documents demonstrating a need for alimony.

Here are a couple of things to consider when filing for alimony without divorce:

1)     A court cannot divide property and debts in spousal support action.

2)     If you think that a divorce is likely, it’s much more efficient and cost effective to handle all pending matters in dissolution action.


The most important factor in determining whether or not a spouse will be awarded alimony is  need and ability to pay. If one spouse needs alimony, but the other spouse does not have the ability to pay, a court may not award alimony. Conversely, if one spouse has the ability to pay, but the spouse requesting alimony doesn’t have the ability to pay, a court is not likely to award alimony.

Here is a list of some of the other factors Florida courts will consider when determining whether or not to award alimony:

1)    The standard of living established during the marriage.

2) The duration of the marriage.

3) The age and the physical condition of each spouse .

4) The financial resources of the parties.

5) The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the  parties.

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Separated Spouses May Receive Child Support and Custody under Florida Law without Divorce.

There is no legal separation in Florida.  However, separated couples who are not divorced, or seeking a divorce, can establish custody and child support for their child(ren).

Child support and custody determinations for married couples under Florida Statute 61.10 are far less common than divorce actions, but I do see them in my practice from time to time. Here are some reasons spouses opt for this approach:

1) A couple has a religious prohibition against divorce;

2) The couple is separated currently, but they foresee getting back together after a period of time;

3) The couple may want to preserve insurance or other benefits.

Here are some cons of seeking a child support and custody determination without divorce:

1) A court cannot divide property or apportion debt outside a divorce action;

2) If the separated couple decides to divorce, they will need to pay an additional filing fee.

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