ALIMONY & SPOUSAL SUPPORT
Alimony is a monetary award paid from one spouse to the other spouse during the divorce action and/or after the entry of a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage. Alimony, as provided for in Florida Statute Section 61.08, is awarded when the party seeking alimony establishes that he/she has an actual need for financial support and the other spouse has the ability to pay alimony. Currently, there are five types of alimony: temporary, permanent periodic, rehabilitative, bridge-the-gap, lump sum and durational. Alimony may be awarded in a lump sum and/or in periodic payments. For purposes of determining alimony, there is a rebuttable presumption that a short-term marriage is a marriage having a duration of less than 7 years, a moderate-term marriage is a marriage having a duration of greater than 7 years but less than 17 years, and a long-term marriage is a marriage having a duration of 17 years or greater.