Alimony Types in Florida

The 6 types of alimony in Florida are permanent alimony, rehabilitative alimony, bridge-the-gap alimony, durational alimony, lump sum alimony, and temporary alimony.  These types of alimony in Florida serve different purposes.  But the thing to understand is that Florida alimony guidelines do not provide charts or formulas to plug in numbers and arrive at a specific amount of alimony.  It is in this manner that Florida alimony guidelines differ from child support guidelines.

The concept of alimony in Florida is to assist a financially weaker spouse for the duration of time set forth by the court.  The specific type of alimony in Florida you receive is determined by your individual circumstance and set of relevant facts.  To this point, determining alimony in Florida is a fact sensitive process and it culminates with a judge providing an order with a specified alimony amount.

Types of alimony in Florida

Permanent alimony – the first factor here will be determining how substantial the difference in incomes between the two spouses is. The second factor will be the length of the marriage.  This type of alimony in Florida will typically be dispensed if a couple has been married at least 17 years and there is a substantial difference in incomes.

Rehabilitative alimony – this type of alimony is for the purpose of assisting the receiving spouse in acquiring schooling or training in order to achieve the capacity to support them self.  This type of alimony in Florida is typically awarded in short- term to medium length marriages.  The spouse awarded this type of alimony must show a plan of action as to the type of training they are looking to receive.

Bridge-the-gap alimony – this type of alimony in Florida is awarded in order to temporarily facilitate the receiving spouse’s transition from married to single.  This type of alimony is short-term and the receiving spouse cannot collect this type of alimony in excess of 2 years.

Durational alimony – this is the most recent of the types of alimony of Florida.  It is similar to rehabilitative alimony except the spouse seeking this type of support does not have to provide a plan of action or ‘rehabilitative plan’ for any future training.

Lump sum alimony – this type of alimony in Florida can be awarded when recurring monthly payments become impractical.  Or in situations where to fairly level the playing field, one spouse is awarded ‘the marital business’ and the other is compensated with this type of one-time alimony payment.

Temporary alimony – this is alimony in Florida awarded to a spouse to cover their expenses from the time of filling for divorce till the end of the divorce process.

Some of the relevant factors considered in determining alimony in Florida

  • Length of marriage
  • Standard of living during marriage
  • The age, physical and emotional condition of each party
  • Each spouse’s overall economic condition (all sources of income)
  • The distribution of assets and liabilities to each spouse
  • All marital and non-marital assets
  • Each spouse’s contribution to the marriage (homemaking, career building, etc.)
  • Plus any other relevant data specific to your case

Orlando Divorce Law Firm

Specific alimony amounts are calculated for every individual situation.  If you contact us, we can give you a good idea about what is a reasonable alimony amount based on the facts of your case.  You should not rely on someone else’s account of what they received in their alimony case.  It can turn out that you have the same set of circumstances as someone else, but have 5 different outcomes in 5 different courts.  And this is because individual facts differ from case to case and ultimately, as in child support cases, a judge’s intuition and opinion will decide the final outcome.

Contact CPLS Orlando divorce law firm if we can provide any additional information relating to the aforementioned types of alimony in Florida.