When a divorce case reaches the stage of determining alimony, a judge will decide whether, when and how it will be paid. There is no formula for determining alimony, so the process can be subjective and vary from judge to judge. To protect your financial interests, you will need an experienced attorney on your side. At Schipani & Norman, P.A. in Sarasota, Florida, we understand that the process of determining alimony can be confusing and emotional. Our lawyers have the experience to build the strongest possible case for your desired outcome. To talk to one of our lawyers about alimony, call 941-549-8981.
Types Of Alimony In Florida
In Florida, men and women may be awarded alimony, also known as spousal maintenance or support. There are five types of alimony:
- Temporary alimony: Florida courts realize the financial stress involved with divorce proceedings and allow for temporary alimony to be paid until a more permanent agreement can be made.
- Lump-sum alimony: A one-time payment can be made as an alternative to monthly payments made for an undetermined amount of time.
- Bridge-the-gap alimony: This type of support is awarded for a shorter time to allow the receiving spouse to focus on becoming financially independent.
- Durational alimony: This type of alimony is awarded in moderate-term marriages for a modifiable period of time.
- Permanent alimony: Alimony can be permanent following marriages that have lasted 19 or more years.
Alimony is taxable to the person who receives it and tax deductible to the person who pays it. Alimony can be modified after divorce in certain circumstances. It can be stopped if the recipient remarries or moves in with a partner.
For More Information About Florida Alimony
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