How do I obtain Florida child support or Florida alimony?

In order to ensure that you receive child support or alimony payments in Florida, an order from the Miami-Dade or Broward family court is required. During a divorce proceeding, a Florida family law court can also enter in orders for payment of child support and spousal support.There are no alimony guidelines or alimony calculation formulas as is the case with child support issues. Instead, alimony laws in Florida indicate that a spouse must prove “need,” meaning that their income and award of assets is not sufficient to meet their reasonable monthly expenses and that the payor spouse has the ability to pay alimony. In addition, other alimony rules that the Florida family court will consider in determining if the payment of alimony to a wife or husband is justified and, if so, the amount of alimony that should be paid.

In Florida, child support rules indicate that both parents are expected to contribute to support their minor children. The amount of child support payments that a parent is obligated to pay to the other parent depends on the after-tax (net) incomes or earning capacities of the parties. Specific Florida child support calculator programs are utilized by the child support agency and court to determine the income of each parent for child support purposes.

If you are facing a Florida divorce, and would like to speak with one of our Miami attorneys about child support and/or alimony, contact Vari & Associates. Consultations are available in Miami and at several meeting locations throughout Dade and Broward Counties including Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, West Country Club Drive in Aventura, Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood and in the Homestead area. Appointments are also available by telephone and via Skype internet video chat. Telephone our office at (305) 222-7351 or send us an email to schedule a consultation.

When scheduling a consultation, please inform the secretary if there are any pending hearings, deadlines for filing an appeal, or other reason why you may need an immediate appointment. We will do our very best to accommodate your schedule in setting an appointment.


The statements in this section are based on Florida law and have been issued to inform and not advise. The statements are general in nature and individual facts in a given case may alter their application or involve other laws not referred to here.

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