In Florida, alimony (financial spousal support) is awarded based on two factors: one spouse's need for it following a divorce, and the other's ability to give it. If two divorcing spouses are both rich, there is no need for alimony, even though they both have the ability to give it. If two divorcing spouses are both poor, there is no ability for one spouse to give the other alimony, even though they both need it. When one spouse needs financial support and the other is capable of providing it, alimony is awarded.
Unlike child support, alimony is not determined by a set formula in Florida. Instead, the amount of support is determined by a number of factors - as well as the type of support. If you are curious about alimony, read on for the many different types available in Florida! Click on the titles of any of the different types to read more.
Permanent Periodic Alimony is what most people think of when they think of alimony: regular, ongoing payments from one spouse to another. No, “permanent periodic” is not an oxymoron: it means that the periodically released payments will continue permanently.
Temporary Alimony is awarded while a divorce is ongoing to ensure that both spouses have their basic needs met. It can be established as soon as a couple files for divorce, and it lasts until the final divorce support order has been completed by a Judge. It helps spouses figure things out in the immediate aftermath of filing for divorce.
Durational Alimony offers regular payments for a limited amount of time. It is only awarded to couples who were in what Florida calls a “moderate-term marriage,” lasting between eight and sixteen years. Since the marriage lasted for a “moderate” amount of time, the alimony only lasts for a moderate amount of time as well.
Rehabilitative Alimony is intended to help a spouse who has never before been self-sufficient learn how to exist on their own in the world. This can also be used for parents who retired when they had kids to relearn previous skills and reenter the workforce. In order to receive Rehabilitative Alimony, you must be prepared with a clear plan of how you are going to use it.
Bridge the Gap Alimony is intended to help ease the transition between married life and single life. It was formally enacted in 2010 in Florida. Bridge the Gap Alimony is intended to help with “tangible short-term goals” and can only be used for a maximum of two years.
Certain types of alimony can be modified after they have been ordered in court. Major life changes, such as losing a job or getting a much higher-paying job, can result in the alimony payments being reevaluated. Modifying alimony is not an easy task, but it can be done.
No matter what type of alimony may be applicable to your situation, the most important thing is making sure that you are taken care of. At Florida Divorce Law Group, we know the ins and outs of the alimony process, and we can help you get what you need. For help with your divorce, contact Florida Divorce Law Group today! We can help you gain the freedom and peace of mind you deserve.