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What are the types of alimony in Florida?

On Behalf of | Oct 18, 2021 | Divorce

The period of time a person needs financial assistance varies based on their unique circumstances. Someone who was a housewife during the marriage, for instance, will have a greater need for financial support in order to transition into the workforce. Florida has five different types of alimony that they could award a struggling spouse to help them get back on their feet after the divorce.

1. Permanent

It’s rare for the court to choose permanent alimony. Situations in which it’s possible for this type of alimony include a disabled spouse, a minor child who has special needs and advanced age. Longer marriages make it more likely that a court will decide that the wealthier spouse must provide permanent support.

2. Rehabilitative

If the struggling spouse is capable of supporting themselves with job-related training, but lacks the time or money, then Florida may award rehabilitative alimony. This type of financial support allows them to receive essential work experience, job training or education to enter the workforce. Florida requires a specific and defined rehabilitative plan to award this type of support.

3. Durational

Durational alimony doesn’t require a detailed plan like rehabilitative alimony does. Its purpose is to provide financial assistance for a set period of time. The length of time can’t exceed the length of marriage for durational alimony.

4. Temporary

Temporary alimony only lasts during the divorce proceedings. The court may award this type of support if the struggling spouse needs financial assistance during the divorce process.

5. Bridge the gap

Not many states offer this type of alimony. Bridge-the-gap support is for short-term financial needs that a person needs while transitioning into living alone after the marriage officially comes to an end.

Whether you need financial support during your divorce proceedings or after the divorce, the court could award a relevant type of alimony. There are certain limitations in place in order to ensure it’s fair to both parties. Permanent alimony is unlikely because most people are able to transition into supporting themselves.