Are You Facing Alimony Challenges?
NEED TO PAY OR SEEK SPOUSAL SUPPORT?
Divorce is complicated, emotional, and stressful, and the issue of alimony is one of the hot-button issues at the heart of that process. If you’re seeking alimony or hoping to protect yourself against an alimony claim, you want to ensure that you protect your interests with the help of a divorce attorney who has the experience to help you navigate the entire process.
The Pazos Law Group team of South Florida divorce lawyers have helped many couples overcome the often-challenging process of divorce. We know the ins and outs of each side, having helped both men and women negotiate terms that make sense.
IS ALIMONY REQUIRED IN FLORIDA?
Florida law doesn’t give any spouse a clear-cut right to alimony. In any divorce case where a spouse wants alimony, or spousal support, the judge has to look at a series of factors to decide whether or not alimony is appropriate.
One of those considerations is the length of the marriage. In Florida law, marriages fall into three categories. A short-term marriage is one lasting less than seven years, a moderate-term marriage lasts more than seven but less than 17 years, and a long-term marriage lasts 17 years or more.
Frequently Asked Questions About Alimony
Florida courts may grant five kinds of alimony if the judge finds it appropriate. Each type of alimony is specific to the kind of marriage, the circumstances of the marriage, and can be given to either spouse.
- Temporary: This type of alimony is given while the divorce is pending and ends when the divorce is final.
- Rehabilitative: This type of support helps one spouse get the skills and credentials to support him/herself as a single person. That can mean more education and training, a new job, or more experience in a particular career field. The spouse receiving support must follow a court-approved rehabilitative plan.
- Permanent: Permanent alimony provides for the needs of life for a spouse that is based on the quality of life experienced during the marriage. This type of support normally goes to spouses ending a long-term marriage, but can apply to those ending a marriage of moderate length if certain criteria are met.
- Bridge The Gap: This type of spousal support gives one spouse time to transition from married to single life. Bridge the Gap alimony can last no longer than two years.
- Durational: This type of alimony is given for a period of time after a short-term or moderate-term marriage ends. Durational alimony cannot last for longer than the marriage and will automatically end if the spouse receiving the support gets remarried.
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