Helping You With Your Alimony Concerns

At Pilka & Associates, P.A., we provide tenacious, attentive representation in complex, emotionally charged matters of divorce and separation and alimony.

Determining Alimony During A Divorce

Each case is unique but, generally, the longer a marriage lasts and the more disparate the spouses' respective incomes are, the more likely alimony will be awarded. Florida Statute, Section 61.08, has set forth guidelines to help courts determine the appropriateness of alimony.

  • Short-term marriage — A short-term marriage is classified as any marriage less than seven years.
  • Moderate-term marriage — A moderate-term marriage is classified as any marriage longer than seven years and less than 17 years.
  • Long-term marriage — A long-term marriage is classified as any marriage longer than 17 years.

Further, there are four main types of alimony:

  • Bridge-the-gap alimony — May be awarded to help a spouse transition from married life to single life. The length of this may not exceed two years. Bridge-the-gap alimony will terminate upon the death of either party or upon the remarriage of the party receiving the alimony.
  • Rehabilitative alimony — May be awarded to help a spouse become self-sufficient. A specific and defined plan must be included as to how and when the spouse will become self-sufficient.
  • Durational alimony — May be awarded when permanent alimony is not appropriate. Durational alimony is awarded for a set period of time, usually in short- or moderate-term marriages. The length of durational alimony may not exceed the length of the marriage.
  • Permanent alimony — May be awarded to assist a spouse to help maintain the lifestyle established during marriage. Permanent alimony may be awarded following a long-term marriage and as long as it is appropriate based upon other factors to determine if either party has a need and whether the other party has the ability to pay.

In recent years, there has been a great deal of discussion and debate over Florida's alimony laws. Our attorneys stay up-to-date on all recent developments in family law, including related to court decisions so we can offer the most valuable and relevant representation in these matters.

Contact Our Skilled Lawyers

Whether you are considering divorce or need to modify a long-standing order for alimony, having an experienced attorney on your side can maximize your chances of getting the outcome you want. Please contact us in Brandon at 863-236-9321 or in Lakeland at 863-687-0780 to arrange an appointment and learn more.