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Will You Be Required to Pay Alimony?

Alimony, also commonly known as spousal support or spousal maintenance, is a financial payment a judge orders one spouse to pay to another to help them mantain financial stability and their standard of living either during or after the completion of a divorce. In most instances, it’s to help one spouse who cannot support themselves or their quality of life with their current income and working ability, but can be issued for many other reasons too.

Alimony is frequently a hotly-contested topic in a divorce case, and being unprepared can result in an undesirable outcome for your future. Whether you are looking to receive alimony payments or prevent your burden of paying them from becoming too large, call Chesser & Barr, P.A. for legal assistance. Our Emerald Coast divorce attorneys understand the importance of a divorce agreement that is fair to both spouses but allows you to maintain your quality of life to the best of your ability. These issues can be complex, and we take great pride in helping all of our clients secure a happy and fair future through high-quality legal representation.

If you have any questions regarding alimony matters, call Chesser & Barr, P.A. at (850) 610-7471 to schedule your consultation.

Types of Alimony

There are five types of alimony a judge can award in Florida, each with a different purpose. Judges are not restricted to awarding just one of these types, but instead can award as many as they see fit based on each unique case’s circumstances.

The five types of alimony are:

  • Temporary: Also known as “pendent lite,” temporary alimony is awarded while a divorce is pending in order to help one spouse who requires assistance meet their needs during the process. It ends when the divorce becomes finalized.
  • Bridge-the-Gap: This is similar to temporary alimony, only it begins when the divorce finalizes. These awards usually have a maximum duration of two years and are intended to help the receiving spouse meet legitimate needs while awaiting something like a house to sell or the completion of additional education or training to improve employment prospects.
  • Rehabilitative: These payments are for the sole purpose of helping a divorced spouse receive the education or training they need to obtain necessary employment. This is a temporary order and may only be awarded when a requesting spouse submits a plan outlining the amount of time and money necessary.
  • Durational: If the court feels as though other types of alimony are insufficient to meet a divorced spouse’s needs, the court can opt to award them durational alimony for up to the maximum term of the length of the marriage.
  • Permanent: If a divorced spouse’s economic need is unlikely to change (due to age, health, and a number of other factors), then the court could choose to award them permanent alimony. This is only awarded to spouses who lack the ability to become self-supporting at the standard that was as close as possible to their marital standard.

Have any further questions about alimony? Do you know if you qualify to receive or pay? Get the answers to all of these questions and more by speaking to an attorney from our firm as soon as possible.

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A History of Proven Legal Advocacy

For decades, the Emerald Coast attorneys at Chesser & Barr, P.A. have been committed to providing clients with results-oriented representation. Our clients come to us when facing sensitive legal issues and they seek cost-effective, practical, and efficient resolutions. Since our firm’s founding, we have always put the rights and interests of our clients first, and this is reflected by our happy clients, proven results, and professional accolades.

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