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Alimony In Tampa FL

Posted on : January 31, 2022
Tampa Alimony Laws

What Are The Alimony Laws In Tampa Florida?

Florida has codified the Florida Alimony Laws in Florida Statutes §§ 61.08 and 43.25 through 43.27.

What is Alimony In Tampa?

Alimony is defined as “maintenance or support,” or financial support given by one spouse to another for either spouse’s benefit, whether paid in a lump sum or in periodic installments. Florida Statutes § 61.08(1).

Who can I file for alimony in Tampa FL?

You may file an action for alimony in Florida if you are married and both you and your spouse live in Florida when the action is filed when the initial pleading is filed, or when the initial pleading is served. Florida Statutes § 61.08(2)(a).

What are the types of alimony in Tampa Florida?

Florida law provides for four basic types of alimony in Florida: bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational, and permanent periodic. Florida Statutes §§ 61.08(2)(b), (c). Florida law also provides for combined alimony, Florida Statutes §§ 61.08(2)(d), and lump-sum alimony, Florida Statutes § 61.08(2)(e).

Bridge-the-gap Alimony

Bridge-the-gap alimony is a lump sum award intended to assist one spouse in adjusting to or entering into a new lifestyle, having regard to the circumstances attendant upon the dissolution of marriage. Florida courts have recognized that bridge-the-gap alimony is not intended as long-term support but rather to assist one spouse in meeting transitional needs.

Florida law gives each Florida court considerable discretion in determining whether bridge-the-gap alimony is appropriate and, if so, in setting the terms for this form of Florida alimony. Florida courts have also recognized that bridge-the-gap alimony can be awarded to assist a spouse in meeting transitional needs incident to a Florida divorce for up to two years.

Rehabilitative Alimony

Florida rehabilitative alimony is a lump sum award payable over a limited period of time, from one and a half to three years, intended as a transitional alimony award for the purpose of enabling the recipient spouse to complete an education or job training that will enable that spouse to become self-sufficient.

Florida courts have broad discretion in determining whether Florida rehabilitative alimony is appropriate and, if so, in setting the terms for Florida rehabilitative alimony. Florida courts have also recognized that Florida rehabilitative alimony can be awarded for up to five years under certain circumstances.

Durational Alimony

Durational Florida durational alimony is a lump sum award payable over a set period of time, from one to five years or more, depending on the length of the Florida marriage and other factors. Florida courts have broad discretion in determining whether Florida durational alimony is appropriate and, if so, in setting the terms of alimony.

Florida courts have also recognized that Florida durational alimony can be awarded for longer than five years under certain circumstances. Florida courts have recognized Florida durational alimony may be awarded in lengthy marriages of substantial length, where the Florida marriage is so long as to establish a record as a marriage of “long duration” as used by Florida law.

Permanent Alimony

Permanent Periodic Florida permanent periodic alimony is an award of support payable either in regular installments for life, or for a term of years in Florida that terminates upon the death of either party or the Florida court finds that the spouse receiving alimony has remarried. Florida courts have broad discretion in determining whether Florida durational alimony is appropriate and, if so, in setting the terms of Florida’s permanent periodic alimony.

Time-Limited Alimony

Time-Limited alimony is an award payable over a set period of time, up to five years. Florida courts have broad discretion in determining whether Florida time-limited alimony is appropriate and, if so, in setting the terms for time-limited alimony.

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