What are the 5 types of Alimony in Florida?
Bridge the Gap Alimony
“Bridge the gap” alimony is a short-term alimony award that begins after the divorce is final. It is designed to aid in the financial difficulties involved with transitioning from married to single life. This form of alimony should only be ordered when the receiving party has specific short term financial needs, and usually should not continue for longer than two years. Bridge the gap alimony is typically found in short term marriages where rehabilitative alimony is not justified. Like rehabilitative alimony, it may be combined with a permanent alimony award. Bridge the gap alimony should not be modified in amount or duration and will cease upon the death of either party or the remarriage of the receiving party. Get more details on Bridge-the-Gap Alimony
Temporary alimony is alimony which supports you only during the pendency of the divorce.
Rehabilitative alimony is an alimony award given in order to provide the receiving spouse with assistance during the time needed to attain novel skills to improve employment potential. Rehabilitative alimony awards can be ordered alone or in a combination with a permanent alimony plan. Rehabilitative alimony will only be given if factual evidence is presented to the court showing the receiving spouse has lost or damaged his/her ability to self support during the marriage, and has a detailed rehabilitation plan. A spouse simply desiring to further his/her education is generally not grounds for rehabilitative alimony. If there is evidence that the marriage did not hinder the receiving spouse’s ability to provide for his/herself then rehabilitative alimony is not justified. Rehabilitative alimony is not necessarily given on the grounds that the receiving spouse will become entirely self sufficient. A spouse may be awarded rehabilitative alimony in order to become as self-supporting as possible, but still may need permanent alimony. The additional alimony payments will be reduced to the extent that the receiving spouse can provide for his/herself.
This is a supplemental form of alimony a court can award at its discretion if other forms of alimony are not allowed or are inadequate. The maximum amount of time for which you can receive this alimony is the length of your marriage. In other words, if you were married five years, this alimony is limited to five years.
Permanent Alimony is the rarest type of alimony in Florida and is awarded only if it appears that your economic need will be permanent. The judge generally has to cite a specific reason for awarding such alimony.