Florida law allows for several different types of alimony: permanent; rehabilitative; transitional; bridge-the-gap; and lump sum alimony. Alimony for support is designed to provide the recipient spouse with funds sufficient to continue living a lifestyle consistent with that of the marriage. The length of the marriage and the disparity between the incomes of the Husband and Wife are two of the several factors that will determine the type of alimony, if any, in each case. Rehabilitative alimony is designed to provide support to a spouse for the period of time necessary to complete education or training sufficient for that spouse to earn income similar to that enjoyed prior to his or her termination of employment for various reasons, such as raising children. Your attorney will discuss with you the various forms of alimony, your rights and risks regarding alimony.
Temporary Support (alimony): During the divorce, the higher income-earning spouse may be required to contribute to the temporary and on-going support of the other spouse. This may or may not have an impact on the final resolution of this issue, but it is important that you not pay too much or receive too little during the early stages of your divorce.
With offices in Tampa and St. Petersburg, the Florida family law attorneys of Harris, Hunt & Derr work with clients throughout the Tampa Bay area. We welcome you to call us at (813) 223-5421 (Tampa) or (727) 310-3017 (St. Pete) to schedule a consultation about a Florida alimony matter. You may also contact us online.