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What Are the Alimony Laws in Florida?

There may be a time where you find that your marriage is not saveable and divorce is inevitable. Laws surrounding divorce and alimony payments vary from state to state, so it is important to be aware of how the laws in Florida will affect your claim for alimony.

According to The Florida Senate, either spouse may receive alimony payments. However, the state requires two things to grant a request for alimony payments. You must demonstrate a need for alimony payments financially. Additionally, your spouse must be in a financial situation that would allow them to afford alimony payments. Once the courts receive proof of those things, the judge may decide to award you one of four different types of alimony.

  • Bridge the gap alimony may assist you with short term needs during your transition from being a married person to being single. This type of alimony is not meant to be long term.
  • Rehabilitative alimony may assist you financially while you establish other methods to become self-supporting.
  • Durational alimony may provide you with a set amount of money for a short period following a marriage that is short or moderate in duration.
  • Permanent alimony may be appropriate in cases where you cannot financially meet the needs and necessities of life following a divorce because those needs and necessities arose during the marriage.

Judges will take several factors into account when they look at an alimony claim. This includes things such as the length of the marriage, the standard of living, financial resources, and the physical and emotional wellness of each spouse.

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