Florida Alimony Information

In a divorce case, Florida law may require one spouse to provide financial support or alimony to the other spouse. Alimony is awarded based upon the financial needs of the receiving spouse and the financial ability of the other spouse to pay support. The purpose of alimony is to assist the recipient spouse in maintaining the standard of living the parties enjoyed during the marriage, to assist the recipient spouse in gaining or reestablishing employment or making the transition to single life.
Once the financial needs of the receiving spouse is determined, the court will establish the financial ability of the other spouse to pay support. The court will then examine the following factors related to your family in deciding whether to award alimony:

• Your standard of living

• Your length of marriage

• Your age and health

• Your financial resources

• Your earning ability

• Your contribution to the family

• Your responsibilities for children

• Your tax situation

• Your other available income

 

There are four (4) types of alimony which award to either the husband or the wife.

Mother and Daughter Studying1. Permanent Alimony which can last until the death of either party or the remarriage of the receiving spouse. Permanent Alimony can be modified by either party at a later date.

2. Durational Alimony which is awarded to the receiving spouse when Permanent Alimony is inappropriate. Durational Alimony can be modified be either party at a later date.

3. Bridge-the -Gap Alimony which can last for up to two (2) years and is designed to assist the receiving spouse make the transition to single life.

4. Rehabilitate Alimony which is designed to assist the receiving spouse in redeveloping existing employment skill or developing new employment skills. Rehabilitative Alimony can be modified by either party at a later date.

Talk with us for questions concerning alimony and all areas of marital and family law. At the Law Office of James T. Keenan we understand your individual situation and needs. We are experienced and promise to handle your family law case professionally and aggressively. We get results.

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