Currently, there are several different types of alimony in the state of Florida. If you are going through a divorce, understanding what options are available and what each type offers can be beneficial. The current options include:
- Temporary: This is designed to cover the needs of the non-income earning individual until their divorce is finalized.
- Bridge the gap: This is created to help with short-term marriages (under seven years) and helps one spouse make the transition from being married to being single.
- Rehabilitative: Is to ensure the non-working spouse can re-enter the work force and provides a specific plan for education.
- Durational: Alimony that is for marriages that lasted seven to 17 years and cannot last longer than the marriage. Will provide compensation for the non-working spouse, but doesn’t last forever.
- Permanent: Created for long-term marriages to provide support for the non-working spouse for the rest of their life.
The Elimination of Permanent Alimony
There is a bill in the Florida legislature that would eliminate permanent alimony for everyone, regardless of their situation. This legislation eliminates the existing designations for short-term marriages, moderate-term marriages, and long-term marriages. Instead, there are two formulas that would determine the upper and lower ranges allowed for alimony payments for the entire period it is ordered.