Going through a divorce is a stressful time. Alimony, or payments that one former spouse must make to the other, is one item that may come up during divorce proceedings. However, not all alimony is the same.
Here are three of the six kinds of alimony that you can claim in Florida, and the purposes of each.
This type of alimony pays out only for the duration of divorce proceedings. Divorce can take a long time to work through, so the purpose of temporary alimony is to ensure that both parties are financially stable during that time. The factors used to consider whether or not to award this type of alimony are similar to those used for other types of alimony, including length of the marriage, each spouse’s financial and non-financial contributions to the marriage, and each spouse’s ability to work.
This type of alimony involves payments made from one spouse to the other for a period of months or years. This allows one spouse to contribute financially to the other for a period of time not greater than the length of the marriage.
Courts award rehabilitative alimony to help the lower-earning or out-of-work spouse get the training or education needed to acquire a higher-earning position. Courts acknowledge that one former spouse receiving alimony infinitely is not always a sustainable solution.
If you are going through a divorce, one of these types of alimony may be the best option for your situation once the courts consider all factors.