Spousal support may be a natural expectation of some of those that are seeking a divorce in Plantation. Yet such an award is not always automatic. The court will consider a number of different factors when choosing to award alimony, such as how long a marriage lasted, as well as how much each party contributed to the household income or each other’s career pursuits. Many may not also be aware that there are actually several different types of alimony. Which one the court chooses to award may depend largely on the individual circumstances of each party after a marriage has ended. 

Before detailing the different forms of alimony, it may first be important to clarify that gender is not a deciding factor when determining such an award. While available data may seem to imply that women are awarded it more than men (380,000 women in the U.S. receive alimony compared to only 12,000 men according to information shared by the Huffington Post), Florida law does not recognize a potential recipient’s sex when deciding whether or not to mandate spousal support in a divorce case.

Section 61.08 of the Florida Code of Civil Practice and Procedure does list four distinct types of alimony:

  • Permanent 
  • Durational 
  • Bridge-the-gap
  • Rehabilitative

A permanent alimony obligation lasts indefinitely, while durational alimony is only obliged for a period of time determined by the court. Bridge-the-gap alimony is meant to help the one receiving it ease into the transition of single life. Such awards do not last longer than two years. Rehabilitative alimony is awarded to a party in order to help him or her re-establish a strong earning capacity. 

In addition, the law also allows for temporary alimony to be paid during the duration of one’s divorce case. It also can oblige one to make a one-time lump-sum alimony payment.