The divorce process is important for a number of reasons. Perhaps chief amongst them is the fact that the outcome of many divorce legal issues can rewrite one’s financial standing. Poorly negotiated and litigated marriage dissolutions can leave individuals facing financial hardship post-divorce and, by that time, it is often too late to remedy the situation. This is why matters like property division, child support, and alimony must be aggressively dealt with when necessary. This week we’ll take a quick look at the different types of alimony that can be awarded in Florida.
Alimony, also referred to as spousal support, can be ordered in one of a number of ways. The first type of spousal support is often referred to as bridge-the-gap alimony. This type of support is meant to help a divorcing party transition into a new life as a single person. Therefore, this type of support is meant to be short in duration and only assist with legitimate needs. As such, there are specific limitations placed on this type of support.
The second form of alimony is that which is rehabilitative in nature. Rehabilitative spousal support is meant to assist a former spouse as he or she reclaims certain credentials or skills, or develops new ones through education and training. Generally speaking, a court will lay out a plan for the individual’s rehabilitation so that both parties know what to expect and how the support is to be used.
The third type of alimony is durational alimony. Here, spousal support is court-ordered to occur for a specific period of time. The duration of this support is dependent upon the facts at hand, but it is important to note that a court can also order permanent alimony, which often occurs when marriages have lasted for a significant period of time.
The outcome of a spousal support dispute can have major ramifications. This is why those who find themselves face-to-face with this issue may want a strong legal advocate on their side to help them further their arguments.