Florida law allows for alimony under certain circumstances. Under Florida law, there are basically four types:permanent periodic alimony, rehabilitative alimony, transitional alimony and lump sum alimony. If you have questions about your divorce and alimony situation, please contact one of our Tampa Alimony Attorneys at the Lenoir Law Firm
Alimony factors. There are a number of factors for alimony recited in the statute (Florida Statute section 61.08):
Permanent period alimony. If, at the end of a marriage, one spouse is unable to maintain the standard of living experienced during the marriage, the court can require the other spouse to pay that spouse a monthly amount so that the requesting spouse can better meet that standard of living. Permanent periodic alimony is typically reserved for long term marriages. A fairly recent statute even allows for modification or termination of alimony if the receiving spouse is in a “supportive relationship” with another person.
Rehabilitative alimony. In a situation where the needy spouse can take steps to improve that spouse’s income, the court may award rehabilitative alimony until the steps have been successful. An example would be the situation where an accountant has let her license lapse while staying home during the marriage. The nurse may need financial assistance from the other spouse for six months of living and educational expenses while the accountant attends school to requalify for a CPA license and find a job.
Transitional alimony. Sometimes a spouse does not qualify for permanent periodic or rehabilitative alimony, but simply needs a one-time payment of money to make the transition from married life to single life. This may be accomplished by an award of transitional alimony to allow the spouse sufficient funds to hire a moving van or make a down payment on a new dwelling.
Lump sum alimony. Sometimes division of property is described as “lump sum alimony” when it is not really alimony at all, but merely part of the distribution of assets and debts. Other times, the phrase is used to describe a one-time payment of what would otherwise be considered permanent periodic alimony.