Alimony Attorney Orlando
After equitable distribution has been made, the court may consider the award of alimony to either the husband or the wife.
Alimony may include bridge the gap alimony, temporary alimony, rehabilitative alimony, and permanent alimony.
Bridge the gap alimony and temporary alimony are typically intended to ease the transition of a lesser earning spouse from a financially dependent life to a financially independent life.
Rehabilitative alimony may be for a limited period of time to assist in redeveloping skills and financial independence.
Permanent alimony continues until the receiving spouse’s remarriage or the death of either party.
Alimony is generally paid periodically (i.e., monthly or semi-monthly). However, the court may also order lump-sum alimony where one party pays to the other party a lump-sum payment of money or property.
In awarding alimony, the court considers factors such as the parties’ prior standard of living; length of the marriage; age and physical and emotional condition of both spouses; each spouse’s financial resources and income-producing capacity of the assets they receive; the time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to find appropriate employment; and the services rendered in homemaking, child rearing, and education and career building of the other spouse. The court may consider any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the husband and wife.