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In Tampa, Orlando and throughout the state of Florida, there are generally six different types of alimony: (1) bridge-the-gap; (2) rehabilitative; (3) durational; (4) permanent; (5) lump sum; (6) temporary. Each type may differ based on how frequent payments are made, the purpose payments are being made and how long alimony payments will last. The purpose of having six different options for how alimony may be paid is to give people the option of selecting the type that best fits their family’s needs.

  • Durational Alimony

    Durational alimony is simple. It provides the receiving spouse with financial assistance for a set period of time. An award of durational alimony may not exceed the length of the marriage.
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  • Permanent Alimony

    Permanent alimony (typically reserved for long term marriages) helps if one spouse does not have the financial ability to meet the needs and necessities of life as they were during the...
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  • Temporary Alimony

    This type of alimony is awarded during the divorce suit, but prior to the time that the divorce is final. Temporary alimony ends once the divorce is final.
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Lump Sum Alimony

Lump sum alimony is somewhat unique.  Lump sum alimony is awarded to provide for support or for the sale of marital property. Unlike permanent alimony, where the court typically stipulates periodic payments for a length of time, under lump sum alimony, the court stipulates a fixed amount to be paid at once or in installments for a definite period. However, be warned that Lump Sum Alimony cannot be modified or terminated.

  • Rehabilitative Alimony

    Essentially, rehabilitative alimony assists a spouse in becoming more self sufficient and financially independent after the divorce. Rehabilitative alimony is designed to provide the individual an opportunity to go back to school or go through a training program that will help them develop the skills necessary for attaining employment, returning to the working world, or earning more income in their employment.

  • Bridge-the-gap Alimony

    Bridge-the-gap alimony is alimony that may be awarded to assist a spouse in making the “transition from being married to being single.” Bridge-the-gap alimony is designed to assist a spouse with short needs like utility and/or mortgage payments while that spouse is waiting for the house to sell. It may also help transition a spouse to a new life where they can become more financially independent.


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