Understanding the various types of alimony available in Florida is important for anyone navigating a divorce in the state. Alimony, or spousal support, is a court-ordered payment from one spouse to another to provide financial support after divorce.
Florida law recognizes several types of alimony. Each serves a different purpose and addresses varying financial needs.
Bridge-the-gap alimony helps the recipient transition from married to single life by providing short-term financial support. This type of alimony covers immediate needs, such as housing, utilities and basic living expenses, for a limited duration. It does not usually last longer than two years.
Rehabilitative alimony assists the recipient in obtaining education, training or skills necessary to become self-sufficient. This type of alimony is often given to spouses who need time to reenter the workforce or pursue career advancement opportunities. The court may specify the duration and conditions for rehabilitative alimony based on the recipient’s rehabilitation plan.
Durational alimony provides financial support to the recipient for a set period. The set period cannot exceed the duration of the marriage. This type of alimony may come into play when permanent alimony is not appropriate but the recipient requires financial help to adjust to post-divorce life.
Permanent alimony may be available in cases where one spouse lacks the financial ability to meet his or her needs. This type of alimony provides ongoing financial support to the recipient until certain conditions come to fruition, such as remarriage or death of either party. This type of alimony is typically only available after long marriages.
Navigating the complexities of alimony requires a thorough understanding of their respective purposes. Knowing what types of support may be available helps divorcing parties make informed decisions about their financial futures.