What Types of Spousal Support are Available in Florida?

What Types of Spousal Support are Available in Florida?

If you are planning on getting a divorce in Florida and are seeking spousal support, it is important for you to be aware of all the options that are available. Earlier this year, the government was considering an overhaul of the state’s alimony laws, but because of contention over an equal child-sharing provision, the measure did not pass. Until this matter is revisited, there remain five types of alimony in Florida.

What Kinds of Alimony are Available in Florida?

  1. Temporary alimony. Alimony payments may begin during the divorce proceeding for some people – an arrangement called temporary alimony. These payments continue until the judge finalizes a formal divorce decree.
  2. Rehabilitative alimony. During a divorce, it is not uncommon for one spouse to require some assistance getting back on their feet financially. Rehabilitative alimony payments allow one spouse to seek education or training to help them find gainful employment. In Florida, the spouse who receives payment must submit a plan showing exactly how much money and time is necessary to help them reach financial independence.
  3. Bridge-the-gap alimony. Bridge-the-gap alimony provides a spouse with the temporary financial resources they need to make the transition to single life. The maximum time frame for this award is two years, and are usually only awarded to spouses who have needs that are easily identifiable.
  4. Durational alimony. Where other types of support do not work, a spouse could be eligible to receive durational alimony. This type of alimony lasts only as long as the marriage lasted.
  5. Permanent alimony. A judge may order permanent alimony to a spouse they find is unable to support themselves, and for which other types of support are insufficient.

There is no set rule for how a judge determines how much money a spouse may receive. However, they do take a number of factors into account when making a decision, including how long the marriage lasted, the income and earning capacity of each spouse, the age and overall health of each spouse, the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage, and more.

Alimony Attorneys Serving Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Orange Park & Fleming Island

If you have questions about alimony or another divorce topic, please contact a Jacksonville divorce lawyer at Owenby Law, P.A. Our team of highly rated professionals is available to review your case and help you understand what type of alimony may apply in your case. Fill out a free online consultation form to get started, or call our office at (904) 770-3141 to schedule an appointment.


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