Alimony is based on the need of the party asking for alimony and the ability of the other party to pay. There are many factors that come into play when alimony is an issue including but not limited to, the duration of the marriage, the age and health of the parties, the ability of the asking party to work and earn their own income, etc. Florida Statute 61.08
Short Term Marriage – less than 7 years
Moderate Term Marriage – 7-17 years
Long Term Marriage – more than 17 years
Types of Alimony:
Bridge-The-Gap – may be awarded to assist a party in making the transition from being married to being single. It is for legitimate short term needs not to exceed 2 years
Rehabilitative – to help a party in establishing the capacity for self-support through redevelopment of previous skills or acquisition of education, training or work experience. Must have a specific plan,
Durational – awarded when permanent alimony is not appropriate. Provides economic assistance for a set period of time not to exceed the duration of the marriage.
Permanent – may be awarded following a long term marriage when one party lacks the financial ability to meet their own needs.