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One size doesn’t fit all: Florida’s different types of alimony

Your marriage was not like anyone else’s, so even though Florida judges do have a basic guideline for awarding alimony, they are not required to treat all divorcing couples the same. Our legal team at The Law Firm of Chris E. Ragano, P.A., has often counseled clients about how the statutes may apply to them, and what to expect based on their unique circumstances.

According to the Florida Statutes, permanent alimony is not likely unless you have been married for more than 17 years and are probably not ever going to be able to financially support yourself. Even then, it could end if you marry, or if your former spouse dies. It may be, though, that you only need support for a time after your divorce, in which case you might be awarded durational alimony. The duration in question cannot be longer than the amount of time you were married.

If you do not have the skills you need to support yourself, a judge could determine that rehabilitative alimony is necessary to either train you in a viable field, or update the credentials or skills you developed before the divorce. On the other hand, if you have the ability to support yourself, but you need help with specific things while you are getting on your feet after the divorce, these may be covered by bridge-the-gap alimony.

The court has the authority to award more than one kind of alimony if the judge deems it appropriate. More information about factors that affect alimony is available on our webpage.

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