2 Types of Florida Alimony

If you are considering divorcing your spouse, or if your spouse has already filed for divorce, you will have to confront alimony or spousal support at some point. It is an inescapable part of the divorce process, and if your spouse earns more than you, there is a chance that a Florida court will order him or her to pay you alimony.

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There are many variables when it comes to alimony, and there is a possibility that the court will decide it is not relevant to your situation. This is usually only the case if the marriage was particularly brief or if there was no wealth discrepancy between the divorcing couple.

If you have questions about alimony, it may be beneficial to have a legal expert assess your case. At the Law Office of Curtis R. Cowan, we have extensive family law experience, and we handle a wide range of matters pertaining to marriage and divorce, including asset division, child custody and child support.

If you believe you are due payments or you simply have questions regarding your divorce, call us today at 954-768-0720. Mr. Cowan is a Broward County family attorney with more than 29 years of experience, and he can guide you through the often stressful and overwhelming divorce process.

Here are two types of alimony you may be eligible for in Florida:

1. Rehabilitative

According to Florida Statues, the court may grant alimony to either party in a divorce settlement, and the decision rests with the judge on how much to grant and to whom. Under certain circumstances, a judge may award rehabilitative alimony to a spouse. This occurs when the spouse needs to develop new skills or earn new credentials in order to be self-sufficient outside of the marriage.

In many cases, a spouse may use the rehabilitative alimony to enhance his or her resume. For example, a woman may need to renew her credentials because she stopped working during the marriage in order to raise children. To receive this form of alimony, the supported spouse must present a detailed plan, including information on possible schools, courses and tuition.

2. Bridge the Gap

A judge may award this form of alimony in order to help a supported spouse transition back into single life. This is a short-term form of alimony, and payments may not be in place for more than two years. You cannot modify this alimony during the payment period, which means the paying spouse cannot terminate or reduce the payments, and the supported spouse cannot request an increase.

The court will only award this form of alimony if you can prove that you have short-term financial requirements. If you remarry within the payment period, the court will terminate the payments.

Divorce is often complicated and overwhelming. If you are looking for family law advice, speak to a Broward County divorce lawyer at the Law Office of Curtis R. Cowan today. We are available at 954-768-0720.