Alimony, also referred to as spousal support, is payment made either by lump sum or on a continuing basis, by the supporting spouse to the dependent spouse. Alimony may be awarded indefinitely, until death, until the person receiving spousal support remarries, or for a fixed time period.
Essentially there are five types of spousal support or alimony:
- Temporary spousal support / alimony: typically in cases of short-lived marriages, it is designed to assist the spouse earning a lower income, pending the resolution of the divorce lawsuit.
- Lump sum spousal support / alimony: a one-time payment of a set amount. It is applicable in a marriage that is not too short, but also not too long in duration.
- Rehabilitative spousal support / alimony: this is spousal support designed to assist the lower income earning spouse as he or she navigates a rehabilitative plan designed to increase their earning ability.
- Permanent spousal support / alimony: for long-term marriages (typically over 15 years), permanent alimony typically does not end until the payee spouse dies, remarries, or is in a legally determined “supportive relationship.”
- Bridge-the-gap spousal support / alimony: short duration spousal support aimed at assisting the lower income earning spouse into his or her post divorce earnings.
When granting spousal support or alimony, the court will consider many factors including the length of the marriage, marital conduct (documented and proven), ages and health conditions of the spouses, occupations and amount or sources of incomes, employability, estate value and assets, and accustomed living standards. It is up to your attorney to effectively communicate your right to support, based on your needs, your spouse’s ability to pay, and other details unique to your marriage and separation.
Robert Sigman has the experience and resources to aggressively pursue your spousal support goals, as well as the sensitivity to handle these cases with the utmost discretion. If you are considering filing for a separation or divorce and have questions regarding your legal rights to spousal support or alimony, you need a qualified Florida divorce attorney. Please contact our office for your confidential, free consultation. Call (407) 831-0012 today.