In the state of Florida, there are no specific guidelines for determining
alimony awards in divorce cases. The duration of alimony payments, as well as
the amount and specific terms, are negotiable. Both men and women may
be able to receive alimony payments in Florida, and there are 4 main types
of alimony awards.
Depending on your situation, you may be able to receive:
Durational alimony. Durational alimony is awarded for a short amount of time. This type of
alimony is often granted for short-term marriages, and the alimony payments
must not last longer than the length of the marriage itself.
Permanent alimony. Permanent alimony is awarded to spouses with less earning ability. It is
often granted for long-term marriages.
Bridge-the-gap alimony. Bridge-the-gap alimony is awarded to spouses who need help becoming financially
stable following a divorce. It is often granted as a tapering or short-term
arrangement (generally between 6 months and 5 years).
Rehabilitative alimony. Rehabilitative alimony is awarded to spouses who need special training
or education after the divorce. It is granted as a temporary award to
pay for job training or higher education so the spouse can become financially
Lump sum alimony awards may also be granted, as well as nominal or temporary
alimony. Our attorney will analyze your situation and determine which
type of alimony you may be entitled to. We will communicate honestly and
clearly with you as you seek the financial relief you need to get back
on your feet after the divorce.
How Is Alimony Determined?
The courts will consider several factors when determining spousal support
arrangements in Florida. These factors include the length of the marriage,
the marital standard of living, each spouse’s earning ability and
physical condition, each spouse’s financial resources, the cost
of further education or training, and the ability of each spouse to care
financially for children. It is important to obtain experienced and tenacious
representation on your side to protect your rights and interests throughout
If you want to understand your options regarding alimony, or you need help
with another divorce or family law matter,
R. Gregory Colvin, LLC is here to help. Our Orlando family law attorney will discuss your options
and use tailored legal strategies to build your case.
Contact us today by dialing (407) 603-3460 to schedule a free initial consultation.