Alimony (also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance) is defined as a specified amount of money to be paid from one ex-spouse to the other following a divorce or legal separation. The idea of Alimony is to help the underprivileged spouse maintain the existence they had before legal disengagement of their marriage.

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Alimony payments can be expected on a defined basis. The type of alimony is often determined by the length of the marriage between the parties. Marriages are defined as either short-term, moderate-term or long-term. Marriages lasting 7 years or less are considered short-term. Marriages that last 7-17 years are considered moderate-term. Marriages lasting 17 years or greater are considered long-term. Other factors are also considered when determining alimony awards, which should be discussed with your attorney in depth. There are three recognized payment types of Alimony in Florida:

Durational Alimony

It may be awarded when permanent alimony is inappropriate. The length of the award is non-modifiable and may not exceed the length of the marriage.

Permanent Alimony

This consists of ongoing payments until the ex-spouse remarries or passes away.

Rehabilitative Alimony

These too are temporary payments that continue only while the recipient refreshes or obtains the job skills needed to become self-sufficient. Pursuit of an education until self-sufficiency is reached can also qualify.

Bridge-The-Gap Alimony

Bridge-The-Gap alimony can be awarded to help a party make the transition from married life to single life. It can not last more than two years, however it can be awarded with other types of alimony.

However, Alimony is not always the fate of every divorce case. In order to determine the type of Alimony awarded, the following circumstances are to be taken into consideration:

  • Age of Both Parties
  • Education and/or Employment Skills of Each Spouse
  • Overall Health of Both Parties
  • Length of the Marriage
  • Potential Earning Ability of the Dependent Spouse

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