When divorcing from your spouse, you’ll find that a number of different issues must be addressed before your divorce can be granted. Aside from child custody, the division of assets, and child support, another matter that will be discussed is alimony. Before the court can decide which party is entitled to collect this form of support, the party requesting it must “demonstrate the need for [it] and the ability of the other party to pay” [Source: The Florida Bar].
Now, there are four types of alimony that can be awarded which include bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational, and permanent alimony.
- Bridge-the-gap alimony
This type of alimony is expected to help a spouse transition from being married to being single and is awarded to help with “legitimate, identifiable short-term needs.”
- Rehabilitative alimony
Rehabilitative alimony is generally awarded to a party who is looking to reestablish themselves in the work field in order to provide for themselves and their children. This support is given to assist the party during the time they are redeveloping previous skills they once had or if they must obtain the credentials that are needed to develop appropriate employment skills. For example, if one spouse was the sole financial provider for the family while the other took care of the household and didn’t acquire all of the skills needed to join a particular work field, he/she may be eligible for rehabilitative alimony during the time they went back to school.
- Durational alimony
This type of alimony is “awarded when permanent periodic alimony is inappropriate.” The purpose of it to “provide a spouse with economic assistance for a set period of time following a marriage of short or moderate duration or following a marriage of long duration if there is no ongoing need for support on a permanent basis.” Now, there is a limit as to how long a party is entitled to receive durational alimony, however, that will be decided on upon when meeting with court representatives.
Permanent alimony is awarded to “provide for the needs and necessities of life as they were established during the marriage of the parties for a spouse who lacks the financial ability to meet the needs and necessities of life following a dissolution of marriage.”
Some of the things the court will consider before determining how much alimony should be awarded as well as the type include:
- What the parties’ prior standard of living was.
- The length of the marriage.
- The age as well as the physical and emotional condition of both parties involved.
- How much income both parties are bringing in as well as their income-producing capacity of the assets they receive.
- The time that is needed to obtain a sufficient education or the training they will need so that they are able to work.
- “The services rendered in homemaking, child-rearing and the education and career-building of the other spouse.”
[Source: The Florida Bar].
My spouse filed for divorce and I want to ensure I receive the alimony I am entitled to collect. How can I do this?
If you live in Orlando, FL and your spouse recently filed for divorce, it is important for you to protect yourself by hiring a divorce lawyer in Orlando, FL who can help you through the process. The divorce attorneys at The Aikin Family Law Group will not only provide you with the legal representation you need, but they will work to protect your interests, whether that means fighting for assets that belong to you and shouldn’t be divided or obtaining alimony you are rightfully due. On top of that, this team of dedicated and caring lawyers will be there to aid you and support you through every phase of your divorce.
If you would like to schedule an initial consultation with an attorney at The Aikin Family Law Group now, simply contact their office at 407-644-4040.
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