When you are in a divorce situation, the question of alimony may come up. This is money paid to a spouse for support and maintenance after the divorce is finalized. It can come in many different forms, such as payments over a short period in which the payee gets job training to support him or herself. It can mean long term payments throughout a lifetime so that the person receiving the payments is well taken care of. It can be a lump-sum payment that quickly takes care of the person who is being given the funds.
Overall, the idea of alimony is to ensure that the person who may be suffering because of a divorce will not suffer a drastic change to his or her living experience. At the Thompson Family Law, P.A. office, located in Fort Myers, Florida, we carefully listen to your story, do our research and give you your options when it comes to alimony and divorce. Since there are several different options when it comes to alimony, with each one serving a different purpose, we try to give you a complete picture of what you can expect.
Permanent support is when you have to provide life's necessities to your ex-spouse. You have to provide this support until you or your spouse passes away or he or she gets married. This situation is to take care of a spouse who stayed at home and raised children while you were out in the job market earning money. Of course, if things change, this order can be rescinded or changed.
Rehabilitative support is when your spouse needs to get job training or education in order to live at the level he or she is used to. This type of alimony doesn't expire when the receiving spouse gets married.
Bridge-the-gap alimony is to assist the receiving spouse in providing for him or herself in a way that he or she has become used to during the course of the marriage. The rule of law states that it can be no longer than two years and cannot be amended.
You know that calling in an experienced attorney is of paramount importance. Knowing your rights under the law is equally important.