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Do you qualify for alimony?

On Behalf of | Aug 27, 2021 | Divorce, Family Law

It takes time and money to get through a divorce. If you are not the breadwinning spouse, you know the money you have now may dwindle to almost nothing by the time the divorce becomes finalized.

You need money to tide you over until you can find something, or maybe you cannot get a job because of a disability. Can you get money from your ex-spouse to help you?

Alimony factors

If you cannot provide for yourself, the state of Florida will not force you to go onto food stamps or welfare. The court will ask for the money-making spouse to help provide supplemental income. However, several factors go into determining how much you will get and for how long. Some of these factors include:

  • Age, the physical and emotional capacity of each party
  • Financial resources
  • Responsibilities each parent will have to the children
  • Earning capability of each party
  • Contribution to the marriage by each party
  • Length of the marriage
  • Living standards established during the marriage

Alimony types

You may be in a stage of the marriage or of your life where you may not need money permanently or just enough to tide you over until you can get yourself stabilized. Florida has six different alimony types that may fit your current situation. They are:

  • Temporary
  • Permanent
  • Bridge-the-gap
  • Rehabilitative
  • Lump-sum
  • Permanent periodic
  • Durational

Have documentation and other records to show the court that you need alimony. Knowing your current circumstances and what your future might look like may help you decide which type of alimony to ask for.

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