The only grounds for divorce
in Florida unfortunately are irreconcilable differences
or where one spouse has been living with a person who has been adjudicated by a court to be mentally incompetent. As far as spousal support (alimony
) goes, Florida statutes actually list the factors the court must consider in deciding whether to award it. These include: (a) The standard of living established during the marriage.(b) The duration of the marriage.(c) The age and the physical and emotional condition of each party.(d) The financial resources of each party, including the nonmarital and the marital assets and liabilities distributed to each.(e) The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the parties and, when applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable such party to find appropriate employment.(f) The contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party.(g) The responsibilities each party will have with regard to any minor children they have in common.(h) The tax treatment and consequences to both parties of any alimony award, including the designation of all or a portion of the payment as a nontaxable, nondeductible payment.(i) All sources of income available to either party, including income available to either party through investments of any asset held by that party.(j) Any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the parties.While your marriage isn't of a long enough duration to likely receive permanent alimony
, it does sound like there is a basis here for the court to award you alimony at least short term, such as your disability (which I am presuming limits your ability to work and earn money), the fact that he is better able to support himself while you are not living in the same manner that you were used to during the marriage, and the fact that you helped raise his child. You can also file a petition with the court to award you temporary alimony while the divorce is ongoing, which can be awarded if the court finds there is need for it.