Alimony

 

Alimony is a legal obligation on a person to provide financial support to their spouse during or after a divorce. After January 1, 2019, you can no longer take advantage of the tax deduction for alimony payments.  There are different types of Alimony in Florida, they include:

  • Bridge-the-Gap Alimony --- This type of alimony is meant to assist a spouse with short term needs like money to secure housing and to set up utilities, etc. This type of alimony can be awarded for up to 24 months and is for short term needs like necessary furniture, money to set up housing and utilities as well as other immediate, short-term needs. Florida Statutes  61.08 (5)

  • Permanent Alimony  --- Permanent alimony is paid regularly to provide for the maintenance and support of a spouse who has neither the resources nor the ability to be self-sustaining.  A disability can be the cause for permanent alimony if the disability prevents the spouse from working in any capacity. Permanent alimony can be modified but terminates upon the death of either spouse. Florida Statutes  61.08 (8)

  • Rehabilitative Alimony --- Rehabilitative alimony may be awarded to assist a party in establishing the capacity for self-support through either the redevelopment of previous skills or credentials; or the acquisition of education, training, or work experience necessary to develop appropriate employment skills or credentials. Florida Statutes  61.08 (6)(a)

  • Durational Alimony  --- Durational alimony may be awarded when permanent periodic alimony is inappropriate. The purpose of durational alimony is to provide a party 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. Florida Statutes  61.08 (7)

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