Transitional Alimony in Florida
Transitional alimony is often called “bridge-the-gap” alimony in Florida. As its name suggests, its purpose is to help someone during a transitional period after divorce. Unlike permanent periodic alimony, it is only intended to be paid for a set period. It is still awarded to the spouse who might have no income or earn less than their partner. Permanent alimony is given to someone who is coming out of a long-term marriage. Bridge-the-gap alimony is more suitable for a short-term marriage of under seven years. If you need representation for an alimony issue, one of our attorneys can be there to help.
Conditions of Transitional Alimony
In Florida bridge-the-gap alimony has set conditions. The primary rule to be aware of is that it cannot last longer than two years. It is intended to help people transition from being married to being single. In other words, it helps them adjust to living on one income or gives them time to find work if they were unemployed. It’s also important to note that the relevant Florida Statute (§ 61.08) says that neither the amount nor the period can be modified. This means that it is necessary for the right sum and payment length to be awarded the first time. Whereas other types of alimony can be modified, this one cannot.
Receiving Alimony Payment
Several types of alimony are paid in monthly installments over a set period or even permanently. It is possible for transitional alimony to be paid over a number of months; however, it often takes the form of a single payment instead. This is because it can only cover up to two years. This type of alimony can cover a range of expenses that might be associated with divorce. For example, it could provide the spouse with money to move home. Working out whether someone should receive alimony and how much can be complicated. It’s important to seek legal counsel to help you with this issue.
Bridge the Gap vs. Other Alimony Types
Bridge-the-gap alimony can be used for the same purposes as some other types of alimony. For example, like rehabilitative alimony it could pay for education or training although it wouldn’t require a specific plan like rehabilitation alimony does. Like other types of alimony it can cover living expenses, but there is a set term imposed on it. During your divorce, you may wish to seek alimony or your spouse might want you to pay it. It’s important to contact an alimony and divorce attorney to get the results you want. A family law attorney such as ours will give you all the information and advice you need.
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