Alimony Attorney Wendy Doyle-Palumbo Serves Clients in Clearwater, Belleair , St. Petersburg, Largo, Tarpon Springs and Surrounding West Pasco and Pinellas Counties.
When the courts determine the amount of alimony that will be awarded to a spouse, they will first determine the length of the marriage which is calculated from the date of marriage until the date of filing for a divorce.
- Short Term Marriage – A short-term marriage is a marriage having a duration of less than 7 years.
- Moderate Term Marriage – A moderate-term marriage is a marriage having a duration of greater than 7 years but less than 17 years,
- Long Term Marriage – A long term marriage is a marriage having a duration of 17 years or greater.
Types of Alimony in Florida – Under Florida law, the court can order a few different types of alimony and they are the main types below:
- Bridge-the-gap alimony – Bridge-the-gap alimony is to assist one spouse in making the transition from being married to being single. This type of alimony may not exceed two years and terminates upon the death of either party, or the marriage of the receiving party. The duration or amount cannot be modified once you are awarded bridge the gap alimony.
- Rehabilitative alimony – Rehabilitative alimony helps to support the person receiving alimony while the party establishes his or her ability to be self sufficient. Job training and education is considered in helping the party involved to get a job and be self supportive through the new skills, trade or education. This type of alimony requires a plan to be in place to rehabilitate and transition into a better paying job. Rehabilitative alimony can be modified by the courts should either party present a substantial change in circumstances.
- Durational alimony – This type of alimony is only available for marriages of less than 17 years. Durational alimony has an end term and differs from other types of alimony. According to Florida Statutes “exceptional circumstances” can be cause for a modification of the duration of the alimony, but the amount of alimony being paid is not subjected to the same rules.
- Permanent alimony – Permanent alimony is available to the spouse who lacks the financial ability to meet their own financial needs and is generally based of what your standard of living has been. It is usually awarded to medium or longer term marriages, but there are exceptional circumstances where permanent alimony can be awarded to shorter term marriages. This type of alimony terminates upon the death of either party or remarriage of the party who is receiving permanent alimony.
- Any combination of above – The Judge reserves the right to order any combination of the above types of alimony based on the facts of the case.
There are many unique situations when it comes to alimony and divorces in Florida. High asset divorces, length of marriage, special circumstances of all kinds can effect the outcome. Women are also not being awarded alimony exclusively, and men can also be awarded alimony in Florida.
You need to protect your rights if you think that you will need or will have to pay alimony to your spouse. Once alimony is awarded, it can be difficult to ask for a modification of alimony and you will likely require the assistance of an alimony attorney. Wendy Doyle-Palumbo is an alimony lawyer offering a free initial consultation for new clients. If you have been served with divorce papers, remember, time is of the essence to provide the courts with your answer. If you are seeking the advice of an experienced Clearwater/Largo divorce attorney or if you need a St. Petersburg family law lawyer who is familiar with all aspects of Florida family law who is unafraid to litigate your divorce case then Attorney Doyle-Palumbo may be the right divorce lawyer for you. Call our office today at (727) 824-5727 to schedule an appointment or click here for more information or to email us.
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