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Understanding the different types of alimony

When people in Florida file for divorce, they may be entitled to alimony payments from their former spouse. While there are some types of alimony that are temporary in nature, others are long-term. The judge presiding over the case will look at the circumstances involved in the divorce case and determine which type of alimony best fits the situation. Before going into divorce, people should know what types of alimony are available so they can ensure they get the support they are entitled to in the divorce settlement.

According to Florida statutes, alimony may be bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, permanent or durational. Bridge-the-gap alimony is designed to provide financial support to divorced spouses as they transition into a more independent way of living. Since this type of alimony is short-term, it is awarded for a maximum of two years. Rehabilitative alimony, on the other hand, assists people as they develop essential life skills, so they are able to support themselves. This may mean that one spouse pays alimony while the other finishes school, work training or gain other employment skills. Once these skills are achieved, the alimony payments may be modified or terminated.

Durational alimony occurs when alimony payments are set for a certain period of time, and when there is not a need for long-term alimony. These payments have a set end point. Finally, permanent alimony may be awarded if the spouse is unable to provide for themselves and has relied on the financial support of their former spouse. With most alimony payments, the contract is voided if either party dies or becomes remarried.

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