Not only can a divorce be a difficult time emotionally for a family, but there can be a heavy financial burden as a result of ending a marriage. A divorce has the potential to change the financial outlook for one or both parties exiting a union. Sometimes, a party may find themselves unable to substitute the loss of income after separation from their spouse. One way to remedy this financial change is by requesting alimony from the other spouse.
Alimony is a form of spousal support that a person is legally obligated to provide their spouse after divorce. Florida law provides for five types of alimony:
Temporary Alimony is generally awarded for a spouse during the divorce process and ends when the divorce is finalized.
Bridge-the-Gap Alimony is awarded for a short term after the divorce has finalized and is used for helping the recipient spouse with living expenses for a change in housing or for completing education for employment.
Rehabilitative Alimony is specifically for the purpose of obtaining training or education for employment and requires a formally outlined plan to be submitted documenting the time and money needed for this purpose.
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Durational Alimony is used when other types of alimony aren't sufficient. The maximum term for alimony is the length of the marriage itself.
Permanent alimony is normally only invoked in a long-term marriage when the recipient spouse lacks the ability to support themselves and permanent financial assistance by a former spouse would be fair and reasonable.
Various factors are taken into consideration under Florida law when a judge is deciding what type of alimony to award and for how long. These factors include:
The financial resources of the spouse seeking assistance
All sources of income for either spouse
Each spouse's earning potential, education, work skills, and employability
Standard of living during the marriage
Any time and expense needed by a spouse for education or training for employment
Length of the marriage
Child responsibility and care
Each spouse's contribution to the marriage
Each spouse's physical, mental, and emotional condition
Adultery can be a mitigating factor, especially if it had a substantial effect on the marriage financially.
If you are seeking counsel for a divorce, contact the Orlando divorce law attorneys of Veliz Katz Law for a consultation.