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Understanding Florida’s Support Statutes

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While issues concerning child support and spousal support are often dealt with in conjunction with one another during a dissolution proceeding, there are many support related situations where this procedure would not apply. For example, dissolution proceedings would be inapplicable if a party wished to keep the marriage intact while also receiving spousal support. Likewise, child support would clearly not be an issue if the parties to a dissolution proceeding had no children.

Accordingly, while issues associated with the dissolution of a marriage, child support, and spousal support are commonly resolved in conjunction with one another out of necessity, they are actually considered three separate issues. However, where confusion often occurs is the manner in which the rules of civil practice and procedure concerning support are set forth in Florida Statutes.

For example, Chapter 61 of Florida Statutes is entitled “DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE; SUPPORT; TIME-SHARING.” For many, this may be misleading, either because dissolution is referenced first, or there is no direct reference to Alimony or Spousal Support. However, the statutory meaning of ‘SUPPORT’ includes child support, spousal support, and alimony.

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Another common area of confusion is that many of the alimony and spousal support statutes are set forth in conjunction with child support statutes. For example, the rules of procedure for both child support and alimony are grouped together in Florida Statute § 61.14, entitled “Enforcement and modification of support, maintenance, or alimony agreements or orders.” The reason that rules concerning child support and alimony are often combined, is due to the similarity in procedural processes associated with child support, spousal support, and alimony.

Having a general understanding of the manners in which support provisions are set forth under Florida rules of civil practice and procedure, can be useful for purposes of locating information regarding a particular family law matter, whether you are searching statutes, other online resources, or pages provided through our website.

For the reasons discussed herein, some of the information provided on our website regarding alimony and spousal support may be found within other practice areas, such as child support or modifications. For your convenience, a list of topics related to alimony and spousal support has been provided below: