Under Florida law there are four different kinds of alimony consisting of Permanent, Rehabilitative, Temporary and Lump-Sum.
One form alimony is Permanent Alimony where one spouse will be order to the pay the other spouse for the duration of his/her life. There are many factors under Florida law to be considered when a Judge grants this form of alimony. The greatest factor for Permanent Alimony is the duration of the marriage and the standard of living during the marriage. Especially, if one was the working parent and the other spouse was the stay-at-home spouse.
Another form of Alimony is called Rehabilitative Alimony. Rehabilitative alimony is used to allow a spouse to become self sufficient, usually through some form rehabilitative training or college course. To get rehabilitative alimony, you must prove three things 1) You need it, 2) Your spouse can afford to pay it and 3) You have a plan for it. The Plan should be in writing and should be specific.
Lump Sum alimony is when one spouse pays the other spouse a single monetary payment for alimony. Alimony is made in one payment and it stops after that one payment. Again there are many factors under Florida law to be considered when a Judge grants this form of alimony.
Last form of alimony is called Temporary Alimony. This is usually granted during the duration of the divorce proceeding and one spouse is transitioning from married life to single life. This form of alimony will usually be granted during a temporary relief motion made before the conclusion of the divorce case.
If you have any questions regarding Alimony please contact one of the experienced lawyers at the Law Office of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. for a free consultation.