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After the filing of the Petition for Divorce either spouse may request the Court award Temporary Support in the form of Temporary Alimony and/or Temporary Child Support. The Court may also make an award of Attorney's Fees.

The parties may come to an agreement as to Temporary Alimony or the Court will hold a hearing and make a determination as to the amount. The Temporary Alimony will continue until the date the marriage is actually dissolved or until such time as the Court orders the Temporary Alimony to cease.

If the parties are unable to come to a settlement regarding alimony, the Court will hold a trial that will culminate in the Final Judgment of Divorce which will include all issues not resolved by the parties prior to the Trial.

Florida recognizes that one spouse may have a need for financial assistance and the other may have the ability to provide such assistance. Depending on the length of the marriage, various types of alimony are available. Besides Temporary Alimony, Florida provides for Bridge the Gap Alimony, Rehabilitative Alimony, Durational Alimony, and Permanent Alimony.

Bridge the Gap Alimony

Bridge the Gap Alimony is meant to assist a spouse for a short time to ease the transition from marriage to being single.  It may not be awarded to last more than two years and may not be modified.

Rehabilitative Alimony

Rehabilitative Alimony is generally awarded to a spouse so that the receiving spouse can obtain additional training or education that will increase their ability to be self sufficient. Rehabilitative Alimony is usually paid in regular installments and is awarded for a fixed period of time or until a specified event. In order to qualify for Rehabilitative Alimony the requesting spouse should be prepared to present to the Court a plan that will outline the educational and training goals of the requesting spouse.

Durational Alimony

Durational Alimony can be ordered when permanent alimony is unavailable or inappropriate.  The length of time that the alimony may last may not exceed the length of time the marriage existed and may only be modified under special circumstances.

Permanent Periodic Alimony

Permanent Periodic Alimony is general awarded to spouses of long term marriages to enable the receiving spouse to continue to live in a lifestyle that they were accustomed to during their marriage. This type of alimony is generally paid in regular installments and continues until the death of either spouse or the receiving spouse gets remarried or enters into a supportive relationship. Permanent Periodic Alimony is modifiable upon a showing of a substantial change in the circumstances of either spouse.