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Make Sure a Favorable Agreement Is Secured

At the Law Office of Sara J. Saba, P.A., our Miami divorce attorney represents clients throughout the South Florida area in spousal support and alimony modification cases. The principal attorney at our firm has been practicing as family law attorney over 13 years and our practice is dedicated to solely resolving family law concerns.

Determining Spousal Support / Alimony


Alimony is monetary support paid from one spouse to another, either during or after divorce proceedings. While there are several different kinds of alimony, in the most general sense alimony is paid from one party to another to maintain the standard of living the receiving spouse had become accustomed to during the marriage.



Types of Alimony Payments in Florida Divorces

There are several types of alimony payments in Florida. It is within the court’s discretion to award no alimony, or to make an award combining different categories of alimony.

  • Temporary: Temporary alimony is paid while a divorce is pending.

  • Permanent Periodic: This type of alimony grants payments to the receiving spouse for life, or until they remarry or cohabitate. In order for a court to order permanent periodic alimony, one party must show: (1) that the marriage was long term; (2) a disparity in income between the parties; and (3) the recipient’s income from all sources falls below the level of need established during the time of the marriage.

  • Rehabilitative: This kind of alimony provides the recipient with resources to ultimately become self sufficient by developing skills or assisting them in acquiring training, education, or professional experience. To receive rehabilitative alimony, the recipient must establish a specific rehabilitative plan that shows the court how the party plans to use the alimony to become self-sufficient.

  • Bridge-the-Gap: Generally awarded in short-term marriages, bridge-the-gap alimony only lasts a relatively short time and is designed to allow the recipient to adjust to single life. It is awarded for a maximum of two years.

  • Lump Sum: Lump sum alimony is awarded as (1) a property interest; (2) a monetary support payment; or (3) an award to ensure an equitable distribution of marital assets. There are two requirements for this kind of alimony: (1) that the award is necessary for support or to equalize the party’s status; or (2) unusual circumstances that would require a support award that is not modifiable.

  • Durational: Durational alimony is awarded in short or moderate term marriages to provide the recipient with financial assistance during a predefined time period. Though the level of durational alimony can be changed or terminated, the length cannot be modified unless exceptional circumstances are present. The length of the award may not be greater than the length of the marriage.

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In awarding permanent spousal support, the judge considers many factors:

  • The standard of living established during the marriage;

  • The tax consequences of the alimony award;

  • The adultery of either spouse;

  • The duration of the marriage;

  • The age, as well as physical and emotional condition of the parties;

  • The financial resources of the parties;

  • The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, employability of the parties, and the time necessary to acquire education or training;

  • Each party’s contribution to the marriage including financial support and services;

  • Each party’s responsibilities with the minor children; and

  • All sources of income available to either party.

Under Florida law, there is a rebuttable presumption that a short term marriage is less than 7 years, a moderate term marriage is longer than 7 years but less than 17 years, and a long term marriage is more than 17 years.

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