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Types of Alimony

In Florida, there are several types of alimony that may be awarded in divorce cases. The specific type of alimony depends the facts of the case and on various factors, including the duration of the marriage, the financial circumstances of each spouse, and the overall needs and abilities of the parties involved. Here are some common types of alimony in Florida:

1. Bridge-the-gap alimony: This type of alimony helps one spouse transition from being married to being single. It is typically awarded for a short period and cannot exceed two years.

2. Rehabilitative alimony: This form of alimony is intended to support a spouse while they acquire education or training to become self-supporting. It requires a specific rehabilitative plan outlining the steps necessary for financial independence.

3. Durational alimony: Durational alimony is awarded for a set period, generally not exceeding the length of the marriage. It provides economic assistance for a defined duration, especially when permanent alimony is not appropriate.

4. Permanent alimony: Permanent alimony may be awarded when the recipient spouse lacks the financial ability to meet their needs, the payor spouse has the ability to pay, and the marriage was 17 years of duration or longer. It continues until the recipient spouse’s remarriage, death or unforeseen substantial circumstances in the need of the receiving spouse or the ability to pay of the payor spouse.

5. Temporary alimony: Temporary alimony is granted during the divorce process and is designed to provide support until a final alimony award is agreed to by the parties or ordered by the Judge at the final hearing.

It’s important to note that the specific circumstances of each case can influence the type and amount of alimony awarded or whether any alimony would be awarded. Court decisions regarding alimony in Florida are based on the individual facts and circumstances of each divorce case.

If you have questions about alimony or require legal assistance in other areas of family law in Tampa, Florida such as high-asset divorce you may always contact Patricia Palma at the Law Offices of Patricia Palma to discuss your case further at (813) 258-3211. 


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