The State of Florida is a No-Fault state when it comes to divorce. Though any couple can get a divorce for whatever reason, the State of Florida does still allow for alimony to be paid to a spouse.

In most cases, the Judge requires the higher earning spouse to pay alimony to the lower earning spouse. Alimony is often paid during and for periods after the divorce is finalized to ensure the spouse is able to maintain the standard of living he or she is used to living.

Florida courts may grant temporary or permanent alimony to a spouse who has an actual need for alimony, as long as the other spouse has the ability to pay. The court will consider all relevant economic factors to determine the amount of alimony, including the standard of living established during the marriage, the financial resources and earning capacity of both spouses, and the duration of the marriage.

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Types Of Alimony

  • Temporary Alimony – paid during the case so that bills and other expenses can continue to be paid until a final judgment is entered.

  • Bridge-the-Gap Alimony – awarded so that a party can more easily transition from being married to being single.
  • Rehabilitative Alimony – paid for a short period to assist a spouse in becoming self-supporting through the development of skills and credentials or through education and work experience.
  • Permanent Alimony – paid until the death of either party (or remarriage of the recipient) to provide for the needs and necessities of a spouse based on the standard that existed during the marriage.
  • Lump Sum Alimony – payment of a set amount
  • Durational Alimony – a hybrid form of alimony the duration of which cannot exceed the length of the marriage that is awarded when permanent alimony would be inappropriate.

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