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What types of alimony does Florida recognize?

On Behalf of | Feb 15, 2022 | Family Law | 0 comments

When your marriage comes to an end and you live in Florida, you may wonder what the chances are of you securing alimony. You may also wonder what types of alimony the state recognizes and how long you might expect to receive it, if awarded.

According to the Florida Legislature, there are many factors that help determine whether your former spouse must pay you alimony. Some of these factors include the length of your marriage, your own earning capacity and that of your ex, and what standard of living you enjoyed during your partnership. If you do receive alimony, you may receive it in one or more of the following formats:

Bridge-the-gap alimony

This type of alimony helps you get by on a temporary basis while you navigate the transition from married to single life.

Rehabilitative alimony

Rehabilitative alimony awards are common and may come into play if a judge believes you need some time or training to become self-supporting. You must have a specific plan in place for this type of alimony to be a possibility.

Durational alimony

Durational alimony is alimony you receive for a predetermined amount of time. There are no educational or other conditions involved, as is the case for rehabilitative alimony.

Permanent alimony

Permanent alimony awards are not common. You may have a better chance at securing permanent alimony if you are divorcing later in life and had a long marriage where you made many sacrifices on your spouse’s behalf.

Sometimes, you and your ex may have a hand in negotiating whether you receive alimony and if so, what type. Other times, you may need a judge to decide whether to make such an award.