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  • Alimony Types

    There are generally six different types of alimony: (1) bridge-the-gap; (2) rehabilitative; (3) durational; (4) permanent; (5) lump sum; (6) temporary.
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  • Determining Alimony

    Before determining the type, amount or duration of alimony payments, the court will weigh out whether alimony is appropriate by analyzing the requesting party’s need vs. the paying...
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  • Alimony Duration

    How long alimony payments will last often depends on each individual’s unique circumstances and the type of alimony awarded.
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Need vs. Ability to Pay

An award of alimony may be appropriate where the court finds that the requesting spouse has a need for alimony and the paying spouse has the ability to pay alimony. The requesting spouse’s need for alimony may be shown by presenting evidence of that spouse’s income or ability to earn income and comparing that to evidence regarding the requesting spouse’s reasonable expenses and their ability to cover said expenses. Ability to pay may be shown in a similar manner. Presenting evidence of the paying spouse’s income and earning ability and comparing that to evidence of the paying spouse’s reasonable expenses often shows whether or not the paying spouse has the ability to pay alimony.

Marriage Duration & Alimony

When the court determines what types of alimony may be available to the parties, the court will usually consider the length of the marriage. In a Florida divorce, certain types of alimony can be very difficult to obtain depending on the length of the parties' marriage.

  • Short-Term Marriage

    A short-term marriage is a marriage having a duration of less than 7 years. The types of alimony available here are durational, bridge-the-gap and rehabilitative alimony. Permanent alimony is not usually available here. Permanent alimony may be available if the court makes written findings of exceptional circumstances that warrant permanent alimony. 

  • Moderate-Term Marriage

    A moderate-term marriage is a marriage having a duration of greater than 7 years but less than 17 years. The types of alimony available here are durational, bridge-the-gap and rehabilitative alimony. Permanent alimony may be available if the court deems such an award appropriate based upon clear and convincing evidence after consideration of the alimony factors.

  • Long-Term Marriage

    A long-term marriage is a marriage having a duration of 17 years or greater. The types of alimony available here are durational, bridge-the-gap and rehabilitative alimony. Permanent alimony may be available if such an award is appropriate upon consideration of the alimony factors.

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