Gainesville, Florida Divorce Lawyer
Gainesville, Florida Divorce Attorney
Law Office of Jennifer K. Curcio
2835 NW 41st Street, Suite 240
Gainesville, FL 32606

Phone: (352) 327-1201
Facsimile: (352) 792-1330
Law Office of Jennifer Kirkhart Curcio - Family Law Attorney
Alimony Orders and Modification
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There are several types of alimony recognized in Florida: permanent periodic, rehabilitative, temporary (also known as "bridge the gap"), and lump sum. Generally speaking permanent periodic is only available in long term marriages. Long term is a definition that is constantly being redefined by the courts. However, generally it is accepted that 15 years is long term, between 10 and 15 is in the gray area, and below 10 years would not be considered long term. Permanent periodic alimony is usually in effect until one party dies or the recipient remarries. Rehabilitative is intended to assist the spouse in need to gain education or skills that will allow them to earn more of their own support. Temporary is often used to keep status quo during the court proceedings or a transition period immediately after the dissolution. Lump sum alimony is used to provide a set amount that one spouse is going to receive. May be paid out over a term or in one sum. The court looks at several different factors to determine entitlement to alimony and how much is appropriate. The biggest factor is "need v. ability to pay," in other words, does one party have the need for support and does the other party have the ability to pay support.

Alimony can be modified when there is a substantial change in circumstance. For example, if one party has a major increase or decrease in their earning capacity they can file for a modification. However, some times alimony is "non-modifiable" by agreement of the parties.




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