There are several types of alimony or spousal support recognized by Florida courts:
- Temporary alimony — granted until the final disposition of the divorce. In a case where one spouse was a traditional homemaker and the other was the sole wage-earner, the working spouse can be required to continue paying the marital bills during this period and to contribute to the attorney’s fees and costs of the spouse without a job or access to funds.
- Bridge-the-gap alimony — awarded to help a person make the transition from married to single life. This type of spousal support is generally given for no more than two years and is meant to help the spouse find housing or a job and to move toward self-support.
- Rehabilitative alimony — awarded to a spouse who needs time to acquire new skills or to reenter a career that was interrupted during the marriage.
- Lump-sum alimony — one or more large payments paid directly from one party’s share of the distribution of the marital assets to the other party.
- Durational alimony — may be granted when permanent alimony is inappropriate. It generally applies to marriages of intermediate duration (7 to 16 years of marriage), and the alimony cannot exceed the length of the marriage.
- Permanent periodic alimony — paid on a monthly basis generally until death of the paying spouse, death of the recipient spouse, or remarriage of the recipient spouse.
The lawyers at Feldman & Schneiderman, P.L. are highly experienced, and have an outstanding reputation for achieving fair and reasonable spousal support awards and defending against overreaching claims for alimony.