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The different types of alimony in Florida

As you prepare for your divorce proceedings in Sarasota, many may be telling you that (if you were not the primary income earner in your marital home) that you will be automatically entitled to alimony. Such is the assumption that many of those that we here at Schipani & Norman, P.A. bring in to their divorce cases. Like them, you may be surprised to learn that not only is awarding of alimony not automatic, it is not even meant to be a long-term source of financial assistance.

Indeed, the general purpose of alimony is to help you afford the same standard of living you enjoyed while you were married in the immediate aftermath of your divorce (if it appears that you will not be able to swiftly secure the funds to afford such a standard on your own). To achieve this purpose, the state has set up five different forms of alimony. According to Section 61.08 of the Florida state statutes, these are:

  • Lump-sum alimony: This is a one-time payment made to you at the conclusion of your divorce proceedings (typically paid to help cover your legal fees)
  • Rehabilitative alimony: This type of alimony will help support you as you work to re-establish your professional skills to the point of being able to secure gainful employment
  • Bridge-the-gap alimony: This form of alimony is usually paid over a short period of time to help you transition into your post-divorce life
  • Durational alimony: This is an alimony award that is given for a pre-determined time period
  • Permanent alimony: This type of alimony obligation remains in place for an indefinite period of time

Even permanent alimony is not meant to last forever, as the obligation to pay it ends if you remarry. More information on alimony regulations can be found throughout our site.

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