Alimony, also known as spousal support, refers to monetary payments made from one spouse to the other. Alimony is sometimes awarded in a Florida divorce if there is a significant disparity in income between the spouses.
Factors that Impact Alimony
If awarded, the type, duration, and amount of alimony will be determined by considering:
length of the marriage
standard of living enjoyed during the marriage
whether one spouse quit their job/school after marriage
whether one spouse was the primary caretaker of the children
the contribution each spouse made to the marriage
whether an unemployed spouse is qualified to work
whether an unemployed spouse is able to take classes or learn a skill to assist in finding employment to become self-sufficient
whether one spouse is ill or disabled and needs additional funds for support
tax consequences of paying or receiving alimony
Alimony can be awarded on a temporary basis, on a monthly basis or provided in a one-time lump sum payment
Types of Alimony
There are several different kinds of alimony or spousal support a court may award in Florida:
Temporary Alimony – Temporary alimony is
awarded when one spouse requires financial support while the divorce is pending.
Bridge-the-gap Alimony – Bridge-the-gap alimony is designed to help the recipient during the transitional period after divorce. This type of divorce can last up to two years.
Rehabilitative alimony – Rehabilitative alimony is meant to support a spouse while they try to secure gainful employment. This includes paying for vocational training or educational classes to develop or enhance job skills.
Permanent alimony — Permanent alimony provides lifetime financial support to a spouse who is unlikely to acquire the skills needed to get a job and support themselves. Permanent alimony is ordered in cases involving long-term marriages lasting 17 years or more.
Durational alimony – Durational alimony is awarded when other options are not sufficient. This alimony cannot exceed the length of the marriage.
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