How long do you have to pay alimony in Florida?

The court will factor in the length of the marriage and also the how long you pay alimony will depend on what type of alimony the courts determines is appropriate.

Long Term Marriage:  Anything over 17 years

Moderate Term Marriage:  7 – 17 years

Short Term Marriage – Less than 7 years

Permanent Alimony is Awarded for Long Term Marriages

However keep in mind that permanent alimony is the rarest type of alimony in Florida and  is awarded only if it appears that your economic need will be permanent. The judge generally has to cite a specific reason for awarding such alimony.

Bridge the Gap Alimony Generally Awarded in Short Term Marriages

“Bridge the gap” alimony is a short-term alimony award that begins after the divorce is final. It usually does not continue beyond 2 years. It is designed to aid in the financial difficulties involved with transitioning from married to single life. This form of alimony should only be ordered when the receiving party has specific short term financial needs, and usually should not continue for longer than two years. Bridge the gap alimony is typically found in short term marriages where rehabilitative alimony is not justified. Like rehabilitative alimony, it may be combined with a permanent alimony award. Bridge the gap alimony should not be modified in amount or duration and will cease upon the death of either party or the remarriage of the receiving party.

Durational Alimony

Durational alimony is for a set period of time.The maximum amount of time for which you can receive this alimony is the length of your marriage. It is generally for short or moderate duration marriages. This is a supplemental form of alimony a court can award at its discretion if other forms of alimony are not allowed or are inadequate.  In other words, if you were married five years, this alimony is limited to five years.

Temporary Alimony

Temporary alimony is alimony which supports you only during the pendency of the divorce.

Rehabilitative Alimony

Rehabilitative alimony is an alimony award given in order to provide the receiving spouse with assistance during the time needed to attain novel skills to improve employment potential. Rehabilitative alimony awards can be ordered alone or in a combination with a permanent alimony plan. Rehabilitative alimony will only be given if factual evidence is presented to the court showing the receiving spouse has lost or damaged his/her ability to self support during the marriage, and has a detailed rehabilitation plan.

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