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Understanding the types of alimony in Florida

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2024 | Divorce

Alimony, or spousal support, is when one spouse must provide financial support to the other during or after a divorce. In Florida, there are several types of alimony, each tailored to suit the different circumstances of the divorcing couple. 

Understanding these types can help individuals navigate the complexities of divorce proceedings.

Bridge-the-gap alimony

This alimony helps with a spouse who is transitioning from being married to being single. It covers their short-term needs and will last no more than two years. This type of alimony is non-modifiable in amount or duration and ends upon either party’s death or the recipient spouse’s remarriage.

Rehabilitative alimony

Rehabilitative alimony aims to support a spouse in establishing the capacity for self-support, primarily by redeveloping previous skills or credentials or acquiring education, training or work experience. To receive this support, the requesting spouse must present a specific and defined rehabilitative plan. This alimony can be modified or terminated if there is a significant change in circumstances, noncompliance with the rehabilitative plan, or completion of the plan.

Durational alimony

Durational alimony is a type of economic assistance that is given for a set period after a short- or moderate-duration marriage or after a long-duration marriage if there is no need for permanent support. 

It is designed to provide a spouse with economic assistance for a specific time and cannot exceed the length of the marriage. This type of alimony is subject to modification in amount but not in length, except under exceptional circumstances.

Permanent alimony

Provides support for the spouse who does not have the financial ability to live the life they were accustomed to while they were married. This is generally awarded for long-duration marriages but may be awarded for moderate-duration marriages under certain circumstances. Permanent alimony is subject to modification if there is a substantial change in circumstances and may terminate upon the remarriage of the payee or the death of either party.

Understanding these types of alimony is crucial for individuals going through a divorce in Florida. It ensures both parties can make informed decisions and seek fair and appropriate financial support during this challenging time.