3 Types of Alimony to Consider in Florida

Alimony, or spousal support, is often the most contentious aspect of a divorce, and many couples who think their separation will be amicable end up facing complications when it comes to talking money. In general, alimony is the money that one spouse gives to the other for support during and after the divorce.



Alimony laws are complex and often confusing for divorcing couples. Each state handles alimony in a specific manner. In the state of Florida, there are several types of alimony that you may be eligible for, and it is important to understand these before you commence with the divorce process.

At the Law Office of Curtis R. Cowan, we have extensive family law experience, and we can help you with questions and concerns about alimony or any other aspect of the divorce process. Broward County family attorney Curtis R. Cowan is a board-certified marital and family law specialist, and he can work with you to protect your rights and help you make the correct decisions for your situation. Call us today at 954-768-0720 to schedule an appointment to speak to Mr. Cowan about your divorce matters.

Here are three possible types of alimony in the state of Florida:

1. Temporary

Florida Statues detail that the court may award a temporary form of alimony to one of the spouses that the other must pay while the divorce process is still underway. This payment is to help the spouse meet any financial obligations or commitments that he or she would otherwise be unable to cover. This form of alimony, also called pendente lite, typically ends when the divorce is final.

2. Durational

If other forms of alimony are not sufficient to meet the spouse’s needs, a judge may award one of the spouses durational alimony. The courts determine the length of durational alimony according to how many years the couple was married. A spouse cannot receive durational alimony for longer than the period that he or she was married.

3. Permanent

If a judge determines that one spouse has an economic need that will be permanent, he or she may award permanent alimony. A judge will typically only award this alimony if he or she believes all other forms will be unfair given the spouse’s financial circumstances.

The purpose of these alimony payments is to support the recipient financially because he or she is unable to be fully self-sufficient. A judge will determine an appropriate amount and will usually set it at a limit that allows the recipient to continue living in a similar condition that he or she did during the marriage.

If you are considering divorce or wish to determine if you are receiving acceptable alimony payments, contact a Broward County divorce lawyer at the Law Office of Curtis R. Cowan today. We are available at 954-768-0720, and we can guide you through all aspects of your divorce, custody or alimony situation.