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How will alimony be paid in Florida?

In our last post we discussed the basics of alimony in Florida. Most people want to know if they will receive alimony or will have to pay it. Now that you understand the various factors a court may take into consideration when determining alimony, you may be interested to know that alimony is not a one-size-fits all situation.

There are various ways that a court may order an ex-spouse to pay alimony. The payment plan that most readers are likely aware of consist of monthly or semi-monthly payments. This is known as permanent alimony. In this case, an ex-spouse will pay regularly until the receiving spouse remarries or dies.

Another type of alimony is called durational alimony. In this situation, an individual will pay his or her ex monthly or bi-monthly for a specific period of time. When it comes to short-term alimony, there are also two other options. One is called “bridge-the-gap” alimony. These payments will usually last for a very short time or will come in a lump sum. The purpose of this type of alimony is to help the lower-wage-earner make a successful transition from married life to being single. These payments usually help that individual with things like finding a home or buying a car.

Another limited-time option is called “rehabilitative” alimony. This one is similar to bridge-the-gap in that it is set for a limited time and aims to help the other spouse regain skills and financial independence.

Finally, a Florida resident may be asked to make a one-time alimony payment, either via money or property. The payment process is done through depositories that use the State Distribution Unit to distribute the money. This process makes it easier for ex-spouses to avoid contact after divorce.

Source: FindLaw, “Florida Spousal Support or Alimony Laws,” accessed July 30, 2014

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