Alimony / Spousal Support
Will I have to pay or will I receive spousal support?
Unlike child support, alimony in Florida is not currently determined by a specific formula and is often a complex and quarrelsome issue. The court analyzes need, ability to pay, length of marriage, age, and a multitude of other factors to determine the form and amount of alimony, if any.
There are several types of alimony available under Florida law, including:
- Bridge-the-gap alimony is awarded to help one spouse meet a short-term need, such a transitioning from married to single life. It may not to exceed a duration of two years, and it may not be modified.
- Rehabilitative alimony is awarded for a specific amount of time to help a spouse establish a means of supporting himself or herself in the future by redeveloping previous skills or acquiring education or training for new employment skills. This time of alimony can be modified.
- Durational alimony is awarded to provide the receiving spouse with economic assistance for a set time period that does not to exceed length of marriage. This type of alimony is more common following short-term (less than 7 years) and moderate-term (7 to 17 years) marriages.
- Permanent alimony is generally only awarded for long-term marriages (more than 17 years). Additionally, the court must determine that no other type of alimony is fair. Permanent alimony can be modified or even terminated if there is a substantial change in circumstances for either party or if the receiving former spouse enters into a supportive relationship.
We have experience demonstrating to the court a need for alimony consistent with a lifestyle established during the marriage, ascertaining the need for a specific type of alimony, or even defending against claims for alimony.
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Related Practice Areas
- Divorce / Dissolution of Marriage
- Equitable Distribution / Division of Assets & Liabilities
- Child Support & Children's Issues
- Modification & Enforcement Actions
- Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
- Same-Sex Marital Considerations & Domestic Partnerships