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Parkland Spousal Support Lawyer

There are many types of spousal support/alimony in Florida to include: pendente lite/temporary, permanent periodic, durational, rehabilitative, and bridge-the gap alimony.

  • Pendente Lite Spousal Support (a form of temporary support) — Pendente Lite support is spousal support paid after the filing and through the pendency of the divorce. To determine whether temporary support will be paid, and the amount of such support, the Court uses a calculation based on each spouse's earnings, the need of the spouse requesting support and the ability to pay support. The amount of temporary support is not representative of how much, if any, other alimony will be awarded. A party can obtain pendente lite support even for a very short marriage while that same party may not qualify for any other type of support after the divorce. Either spouse may petition for pendente lite support. This issue usually only arises in "contested" divorces.
  • Permanent Periodic Alimony (after divorce) — Permanent alimony is alimony that is paid until either spouse dies or the spouse receiving the spousal support remarries or cohabitates with a person for a period. In the case of cohabitation in a supportive relationship, alimony may cease, be reduced or be abated: depending on the facts of the case. An award of permanent spousal support is discretionary with the Court. Whether or not the Court awards permanent spousal support is based on many factors including, but not limited to, the length of the marriage, the relative financial abilities of the parties, the need of the spouse seeking support and the ability to pay of the other spouse, the amount of property divided between the parties, and numerous other factors. The amount of spousal support/alimony is also based on these factors and is discretionary with the Court. Either spouse may petition for permanent spousal support, as support is gender neutral.
  • Temporary Support/Bridge-the Gap (after divorce) — A Court may award temporary support after the divorce. Usually, bridge-the-gap, paid for a short time – often one to two years - is awarded when there is a relatively short marriage to allow one spouse to get on his or her feet financially.
  • Rehabilitative Alimony — A Court may award rehabilitative alimony for a spouse to receive additional training or education when the recipient spouse has a specific plan as to such advancement. Rehabilitative alimony is usually based on the relative financial abilities of the parties as well as the duration of the marriage and the benefit to the spouse and/or child(ren) of the requesting spouse furthering his or her education or career. Either spouse may petition the Court for rehabilitative support.
  • Durational Alimony — Durational Alimony is a relatively new type of support meant to be awarded in cases of short to mid-term marriages, where no other type of support would be sufficient. Durational alimony gives the Court broad discretion as to the number of years of support (duration) to grant, based upon the specific facts and circumstances of the case.

Contact the law firm of Carol Joyce Solomon, P.A. at 954-255-5333 for a free consultation with an experienced Florida divorce lawyer.

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Attorney Carol Joyce Solomon

Carol Joyce Solomon, P.A.
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Coral Springs, Florida 33071

Phone: 954-255-5333
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