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HelloThis is Samuel. Florida does not recognize your relationship as a common law marriage and so you could be sued for whatever she feels she has "earned" or is entitled to as part of your relationship. And so I suggest that you would want to suggest Mediation so you could hammer out a separation agreement that would then be incorporated into your final divorce. Those terms and conditions would be enforceable.But as a matter of the law, alimony and spousal support do not apply in situations where the couple was never legally married.
Now, Colorado is a common law marriage state and it does apply to spousal support. So it is possible that you could be the payee or the payor. There are criteria the court looks at.
The formula works like this; if a couple makes a combined monthly income of $240,000 or below, then the spousal maintenance formula to be followed is 40 percent of the higher income earner’s gross income, less 50 percent of the lower income earner’s income per month.