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Types of Alimony / Spousal Support

Types of Alimony – Spousal Support available in Florida

Bridge the Gap Alimony

This type of Alimony – Spousal Support allows the requesting spouse to transition from married life to the life of a single person. It is important to know that this type of Alimony – Spousal Support:

  • May not exceed the period of two (2) years;
  • May not be modified by the spouse who is ordered to pay this type of Alimony – Spousal Support

These types of Alimony / Spousal Support shall terminate upon the death of either party

Rehabilitative Alimony

Typically, this type of Alimony – Spousal Support, is awarded to a party that needs to re-develop skills so that he or she may be able to find employment and become a self-supported individual of society. The typical example spouse which may qualify for this type of Alimony – Spousal Support is a spouse that prior to being married was employed and at the point of marriage that spouse decided to be a stay at home spouse. Essentially, this type of Alimony – Spousal Support is awarded to a spouse so that they may have financial support while re-developing their skills in efforts to enter their respective career/trade. Lastly, this type of Alimony – Spousal Support, typically, requires a plan to be drawn out and agreed to by the parties.

Durational Alimony

This type of Alimony directly relates to marriages that are of a period greater than seven (7) years (short term) but less than seventeen (17) years (moderate term) and Permanent Periodic Alimony is not appropriate. Typically, Durational Alimony is set for a specific period of time not to exceed the length of the marriage. It is important to note that not the length of the marriage is not the measuring point of duration of this type of Alimony. However, upon the finding of a “substantial change in circumstance,” this award may be modified. As such, this type of Alimony – Spousal Support shall terminate at the death of either party.

Permanent Periodic Alimony

Primarily, this type of Alimony – Spousal Support is almost always awarded to a spouse that has been married for a period over seventeen (17) years. It is important to note that his type of Alimony –Spousal Support, upon the finding of a “substantial change in circumstance,” may be modified and/or terminated. Generally, this type of Alimony – Spousal Support is tax deductible to the spouse who is supporting the payment and in effect becomes income, for the purpose of tax, to the spouse receiving the support.