ST. PETERSBURG DIVORCE/FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY
Address: 146 Second Street North, Suite 310 Phone Numbers- 727-864-6354
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 Fax Number- 727-498-5510
St. Petersburg Alimony Attorney
In any proceeding for dissolution of marriage, the court may grant alimony to either party, which may be bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational or permanent in nature, or any combination of these forms of alimony. [Fla Stat Section 61.08(1).] After the determination on equitable distribution, the court addresses alimony. The award of alimony is discretionary with the court. Spousal support requires two separate determinations: (1) entitlement and (2) amount. The primary factors for entitlement are need and ability to pay. The statutory amendments effective July 1, 2010 provide that the court shall first make a specific factual determination as to whether either party has an actual need for alimony and whether either party has the ability to pay alimony. If the court finds that a party has a need for alimony and that the other party has the ability to pay alimony, then in determining the proper type and amount of alimony, the court shall consider the enumerated statutory factors. [Fla Stat Section 61.08(2).]
What is Alimony
Different Types of Alimony
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. Bridge-the-Gap alimony is designed to assist a party with legitimate identifiable short-term needs, and the length of an award may not exceed 2 years. An award of bridge-the-gap alimony terminates upon the death of either party or upon the remarriage of the party receiving alimony.
Other types of alimony available- Durational Alimony, Permanent Periodic Alimony, Lump Sum Alimony, and Nominal Alimony.
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