Martin-Schwartz family law represents individuals who are seeking alimony or spousal support pursuant to divorce, as well as those who are contesting it.Florida Alimony Laws
Once a court decides equitable distribution, it may consider an alimony award for either the husband or the wife. There are four types of alimony awards in Florida:
- Rehabilitative Alimony – Rehabilitative support may be for a limited period of time to assist in redeveloping skills and financial independence. Parties requesting rehabilitative alimony must have a plan for their rehabilitation, such as the cost of going to school to improve skills and marketability.
- Bridge-the-Gap Alimony – Bridge-the-gap support allows a party to make the transition from married to single life, which may include the need to obtain a vehicle and/or money to find a new home.
- Permanent Alimony – Permanent support continues until the receiving spouse’s remarriage or the death of either party.
- Durational Alimony – Durational support is ordered for a certain period of time.
Rehabilitative, permanent and durational alimony generally are paid periodically (monthly or semi-monthly), while bridge-the-gap support can be paid in a lump sum at one time, or may be paid over a very short period of time.How Florida Courts Determine the Appropriate Type of Alimony Award
When awarding alimony, courts consider the following factors along with any other factors necessary to create a fair spousal support arrangement between the divorcing spouses:
- The length of the marriage
- The parties prior standard of living
- The age and physical and emotional condition of both spouses
- Each spouse’s financial resources and income-producing capacity of the assets they receive
- The time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to find appropriate employment
- The services rendered in homemaking, child rearing and education, and career building of the other spouse