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Handling complex divorce and family law cases in the Tampa Bay Area, including, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, and New Port Richey

How To Determine Alimony In Florida

There are many things to consider when it comes to determining alimony in the state of Florida. One of the main considerations is the ability of one party to pay. If you want to understand what you will likely pay or receive in alimony, it is wise to consult an experienced family law attorney about your particular situation.

KLK Family Law firm founder Kim Kaszuba is a board-certified family law attorney with over two decades of experience. Highly skilled in marriage dissolution, she can guide you through the process to ensure successful resolution.

Understanding The Different Types Of Florida Alimony

Many people believe that once they get divorced there will be a set alimony payment. While this is true, the type, duration and amount can vary widely. The four main types of alimony in Florida are:

1. Short term/rehabilitative: This type payment is made on a limited-time basis. The goal is to give the former spouse enough money to allow them to attain the skills, education or credentials they need to be self-sufficient.

2. Durational: This type of alimony provides the former spouse with money for a set period of time, but never longer than the duration of the marriage.

3. Long term/permanent: When a former spouse is over a certain age or incapable of providing for themselves, long-term or permanent alimony may be awarded so that they can maintain a standard of living that was similar to that of when they were married.

4. Bridge-the-gap: This type of alimony is meant to be enough to provide for a former spouse’s immediate, short-term needs. This may include necessary furniture or other items for a new living space. Other types of alimony may also be ordered. Bridge-the-gap payments cannot be modified and are limited to two years.


The best way to understand what type of alimony may be a part of your dissolution is to speak with a family law attorney about the specifics of your marriage. Many events and dynamics can influence how, when and why alimony is ordered. Family matters can be settled via traditional litigation or when warranted, by opting to work with a third-party mediator or by collaborating to resolve the issue.

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