Types of Alimony awarded are:
- Bridge the Gap Alimony – This type of Alimony is paid to help the receiving spouse make the transition from marriage to being single.
- Rehabilitative Alimony – This type of Alimony in Florida is more typically awarded in medium length marriages and short term marriages. Rehabilitative alimony may be awarded to assist a party in establishing the capacity for self-support through either: the redevelopment of previous skills or credentials; or the acquisition of education, training, or work experience necessary to develop appropriate employment skills or credentials.
- Durational Alimony – This type of Alimony is to provide a party with economic assistance for a set period of time following a marriage of short or moderate duration, or following a marriage of long duration, if there is no longer a need of support on a permanent basis. The length of the durational alimony may not exceed the length of the marriage.
- Permanent Alimony - An award of permanent alimony terminates upon the death of either party or upon the remarriage of the party receiving alimony. An award may be modified or terminated based upon a substantial change in circumstances or upon the existence of a supportive relationship in accordance with s. 61.14.
- Temporary Alimony - Payments made during divorce proceedings.
- Lump Sum Alimony – A one-time lump sum payment.
- Nominal Alimony – Preserves your right to request alimony in the future. A person entitled to alimony, whose spouse may be unable to pay at that time may modify a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage in the future, should the payers spouse’s income change.
Section 61.08(2), Florida Statutes, instructs trial courts that “[i}n determining whether to award alimony or maintenance, the court shall first make a specific factual determination as to whether either party has an actual need for alimony or maintenance.”
Elaine Simon, Esq. is experienced in using Vocational Experts when a spouse is requesting alimony and is voluntarily under-employed to impute income.