Going through a divorce can create various financial challenges. This is especially true for the spouse who is in a more financially vulnerable position. That is why, under Florida State Law, several different types of alimony can be awarded to a spouse who is economically disadvantaged. Today, our divorce lawyer will look at durational alimony in Tampa, and how to know if you qualify.
Similar to the other forms of alimony, Florida considers a broad range of factors when determining how much, if any, durational alimony should be granted. Some of the most critical factors that will be considered include:
- The Future Financial Prospects of Each Party
- The Standard of Living a Spouse Became Accustomed To
- The Sacrifices, If Any, Each Spouse Made to Support the Relationship.
It is also essential to understand that a court can only grant durational alimony when permanent alimony is deemed inappropriate. Generally, durational alimony may be awarded following a “short-term” or “moderate-term” marriage—essentially less than 17 years. Florida law also clearly states that the term of the durational alimony cannot exceed the length of the marriage.