In Florida, alimony (sometimes called spousal support) is money paid by one spouse to the other while a divorce is pending and/or after it has been finalized. Unlike child support, no party has a legal right to alimony, and an award of alimony is not determined by a preset formula.
Whether or not to award alimony is within the discretion of the court, although the law requires the court to consider numerous factors in rendering its decision. Some of those factors include the duration of the marriage, the needs and income of the respective parties and the standard of living established during the marriage.
Contact us to discuss your questions and concerns with an experienced Fort Myers alimony attorney. For more than 20 years, our firm has represented numerous individuals in Fort Myers and surrounding Florida communities who were either pursuing or defending against an award of alimony.
Types Of Alimony In Florida
Florida law recognizes the five types of alimony listed below. One or more types may apply to your case, depending on your particular circumstances.
- Temporary: This type of alimony can be awarded while a divorce case is pending if the receiving spouse is in need of money for living expenses and the other spouse has the ability to pay.
- “Bridge the gap”: This type of alimony can be awarded to the receiving spouse for up to two years to ease the transition from married life to single life.
- Rehabilitative: This type of alimony can be awarded to enable the receiving spouse to obtain education or skills that will establish a capacity for self-support in the future.
- Durational: This type of alimony can be awarded to provide the receiving spouse with economic assistance for a specific period of time following a short- or moderate-term marriage.
- Permanent: This type of alimony is extremely rare and is usually only awarded in exceptional circumstances following a long-term marriage.
Strong Advocates Protecting Your Rights
Alimony is a complex and unpredictable financial matter that often drives a divorce case and its outcome. The law in this area is constantly changing.
As a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, as well as the Legislation Committee of The Florida Bar Family Law Section, attorney Luis E. Insignares has taken an active role in helping to shape Florida law on alimony. He is on the cutting edge of legislative and case law developments in this area, and he can help you build the strongest possible case to protect your interests.
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