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As your attorney, it is important to be up to date, when it pertains to alimony law in the state of Florida.  Support issues are addressed by the family court judge after determination of parental responsibility and equitable distribution.  Alimony and child support are governed by statute and primarily based on need of the receiving spouse and ability of the paying spouse.  Significant statutory changes affecting alimony were effective July 1, 2010 and July 1, 2011, and alimony reform, which was vetoed by Governor Scott in 2012, has been addressed by the legislature again in the 2014 & 2016, with the same result.  The statutes and case law governing alimony and child support have extensive requirements of findings of fact.  The statutory factors must be addressed whether the court grants or denies an alimony award.  The type of alimony, duration of the marriage, and especially presumptions and burdens of proof significantly affect an alimony award.  

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Different types of Alimony Awards

Rehabilitative Alimony-  Effective July 1, 2010, rehabilitative alimony may be awarded to assist a party in establishing the capacity for self-support through either (1) the redevelopment of previous skills or credentials; or (2) the acquisition of education,training, or work experience necessary to develop appropriate employment skills or credentials.

Bridge-the-Gap Alimony-  Effective July 1, 2010, Bridge the Gap Alimony may be awarded to assist a party by providing support to allow the party to make a transition from being married to being single.  It is designed to assist a party with legitimate identifiable short-term needs, and the length of an award may not exceed two years. 

Durational Alimony-  Durational alimony may be awarded when permanent periodic alimony is inappropriate. It must be demonstrated that one party has a need, and the other party has an ability to pay.  

Permanent Periodic Alimony- Is designed to provide for the needs and necessities of life as they were established during the marriage of the parties for a party who lacks the financial ability to meet his or her needs and necessities of life following a dissolution of marriage.  

Lump Sum Alimony- Lump sum alimony is only granted if an award of permanent periodic alimony is justified, the justification for a lump sum award rather than a periodic award is found, and specific findings are set forth in the judgment, and there is money available for such a lump sum award.