As a Jacksonville, Florida spousal support attorney, many of my cases involve paying spousal support also known as alimony or receiving alimony in Florida. There are several factors that the courts in Florida use to determine whether an award of alimony in Jacksonville, Florida can be granted. Alimony in Florida is primarily based on need AND ability to pay. If this first prong can be established then the courts move on to the other factors involved in making a determination of whether to make the award or not. If you are facing having to pay alimony or if you are concerned that you need alimony, then you must contact a Jacksonville, Florida alimony lawyer to help assure that you are protected.