# How to Calculate Alimony in the State of Florida

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Unlike child support, there is no formula to calculate alimony in the State of Florida. Alimony calculations are left up to the Court's discretion. There are rules the Court must abide by, but those rules are open to a wide interpretation. Florida Statute 61.08 is the statute that outlines the "rules" that the Court must use in determining alimony. Alimony may be granted to either party, and it may be rehabilitative or permanent. It could be a lump sum or you could pay payments---or both.

Though Florida is considered a "no fault" state, it is not a true no fault state, as the Court may consider the adultery of either spouse when determining the amount of alimony awarded. If you know you are going to be stuck paying alimony, there is an equalization formula that can be used to figure what you may possibly be ordered to pay.

## Instructions

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Add the gross income of both parties for the last year and divide the total by 2. Sample: The husband makes \$50,000 per year and the wife makes \$20,000 per year for a total of \$70,000 per year divided by 2. The result is \$35,000, which is called the equalization amount.

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Subtract the wife's gross income from the equalization amount. Sample: \$35,000 minus \$20,000 equals \$15,000.

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Multiply \$15,000 by a percentage anywhere between 10 and 20 percent and subtract the discount from the 15,000. You should do 3 scenarios, using 10 percent, 15 percent and 20 percent. We will use 15 percent here. Sample: \$15,000 times 15 percent equals \$2,250. \$15,000 minus \$2,250 equals \$12,750.

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Divide \$12,750 by 12 months. This gives you a figure of \$1,062.50, which is based on a completely fair equalization of income.

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