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What are the different types of alimony in Florida?

Divorce is often complicated, especially when it comes to figuring out alimony, which involves one spouse paying money to the other. In Florida, different kinds of spousal support ensure fair treatment for everyone involved.

By understanding the various types of alimony, divorcing couples will have an idea of the financial help that might be available both during and after a divorce.

Temporary alimony

Temporary alimony plays an important role during the divorce process by providing financial assistance to the lower-earning spouse. It ensures the spouse can manage living expenses such as housing, utilities and food, as well as legal costs associated with the divorce. Once the divorce is final, the provision for temporary alimony ends.

Bridge-the-gap alimony

A court may award bridge-the-gap alimony to a spouse to help cover the immediate costs associated with starting a new life after divorce. Specific expenses include rent for a new residence, utility setup fees or money for household items that were previously shared. This type of help is short-term and lasts for a maximum of two years.

Rehabilitative alimony

Rehabilitative alimony helps a spouse gain the skills or education necessary to become self-sufficient. The receiving spouse must present a detailed plan that outlines the steps they will take to increase their earning ability, such as education or training.

Durational alimony

Durational alimony provides economic assistance for a set period following a marriage of short or moderate duration and limits itself to the length of the marriage. For instance, a six-year marriage limits durational alimony to six years. This gives the receiving party time to adjust financially without long-term dependency.

Each type of alimony has its purpose, ensuring financial fairness as both individuals transition into their new lives separately.

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