If you have been dependent upon your spouse for support during your marriage, you might wonder how you will make it if you get divorced. That answer might come, at least for a little while, in the form of alimony. There are various types of alimony and certain considerations that must be factored in when determining the suitability of alimony in Florida.
What types of alimony can be ordered in Florida?
Alimony in Florida can be bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational or permanent.
Bridge-the-gap alimony is usually ordered when one party in the marriage needs financial help to go from married to single. This is a form of temporary alimony that can last up to two years.
Rehabilitative alimony requires a plan from the receiving spouse. It is meant to help cover the costs of getting the education, experience or training to reenter the workforce. This is also a temporary form of alimony.
Durational alimony is alimony that is set for a specific amount of time. This type of alimony is limited by the number of years the couple was married since it can't last longer than the marriage.
Permanent alimony is awarded for life. While it is called permanent alimony, it can modified or stopped under certain circumstances.
How is alimony paid?
Alimony can be paid either in one lump sum or in periodic payments. The court decides the schedule of the alimony payments. In some cases, a lump sum payment might be combined with periodic payments.
Does alimony ever end?
Many alimony orders have an end date. Even if an end date is present, the alimony payments will still stop if the recipient gets married or if either party passes away. Modification or termination orders can sometimes be obtained to stop or reduce the alimony.
In all alimony cases, it is important to keep your interests protected. Knowing the laws and conditions of alimony can take considerable studying of the applicable statutes. For this reason, it is important to always get questions answered prior to alimony hearings or agreements.
Source: Online Sunshine, "The 2014 Florida Statutes 61.08 Alimony" Sep. 11, 2014