Alimony is defined as funds that are paid from one person to another for maintenance and support after they are divorced. There are many ways this can happen — everything from a lump-sum payment to short-term remedies to a life time of monthly payments. At Thompson Family Law, P.A., we find the best way for each of our clients to adhere to the court’s decision. We do our research and give you options to choose from so that the decision is an informed decision and not one made in haste.
The several types of alimony can be broken down to permanent support, rehabilitative, bridge the gap, durational alimony, lump sum or temporary. Permanent support is a provision for all of life’s necessities. The receiver expects and receives the amount of money it takes to ensure that her or his lifestyle doesn’t change drastically because of the divorce.
Rehabilitative alimony is what is given to allow the receiver to go back to school or get training in order to provide for his or her own needs. This covers tuition, books and living expenses for a short time and doesn’t end if the receiver gets remarried.
Bridge the gap alimony can be given up to two years and is used when one spouse with legitimate short-term needs is evident. It is used when one spouse can’t provide for their own essentials during the transition from married to singe life.
Durational alimony is paid when the marriage didn’t last very long and the receiving person needs support for only a short time. The timeframe is set to be no longer than the marriage lasted.
Lump sum or periodic payments is a set amount and it may not be increased, decreased, or terminated for any reason. It is used when alimony of some other sort could be issued, however, the judge sees this as the better idea.
Temporary alimony is used when the receiving spouse needs help to balance his or her needs for a number of months just to get his or her feet on the ground. The judge will research both party’s needs and will assess an amount that is reflective of the needs of the receiving party.
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