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Are there different types of alimony?

If you are going through a divorce in Florida, you may be eligible to receive alimony as a source of financial assistance. Alimony is designed to help you get back on your feet, provide a consistent quality of life and assist you with medical bills and other expenses after the divorce is finalized. In Florida, there are six types of alimony, including bridge the gap, lump sum, durational, temporary, rehabilitative and permanent periodic.

Bridge the gap alimony is given to spouses while they transition into becoming independent following a divorce. This is usually short in duration, similar to lump sum alimony, which is determined in court to be paid in one payment or in several installments. Lump sum alimony is not modifiable, unlike other types of alimony. Durational alimony can be awarded for an amount of time equal to the duration of the marriage. For example, if the marriage lasted for 12 years, durational alimony payments could not exceed 12 years. Temporary alimony is given while you are going through the divorce process to help pay bills and keep up with routine expenses. Furthermore, rehabilitative alimony is awarded to you while you further your education, gain work experience or get the skills necessary to become financially independent. Finally, permanent periodic alimony provides more permanent financial support, and lasts until either spouse dies or the spouse receiving the alimony gets remarried.

When deciding the type of alimony and calculating payments, the judge presiding over the case will consider several factors, including whether adultery was involved and the duration of the marriage.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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