You May Not See Financial Support After A Non-Marital Relationship In Florida
Palimony is a term used to describe payment plans, similar to alimony, between two people after the termination of a non-marital supportive relationship. While this type of payment may be possible in some states, Florida does not have a law supporting palimony, meaning that someone cannot sue for financial support after their non-marital relationship is over. However, our firm has received a number of questions about this, and we would like to clear up what types of alimony the state of Florida does recognize.
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Types Of Alimony Allowed In Florida
When Senate Bill 718 was signed into law on July 1, 2013, courts began prioritizing bridge the gap alimony during divorce cases, with a secondary focus on rehabilitative alimony when there were no other suitable options available – in addition, permanent alimony was completely done away with so that all payment plans would have a specific end date.
Bridge the gap alimony is a temporary payment plan designed to provide financial support for the spouse receiving the money while they are transitioning from married to single life. This type of alimony has a set duration with a specific end date, and is often implemented for the time it takes to complete the divorce process. While the court may order it for longer divorces, it is most commonly implemented for shorter marriages.
Rehabilitative alimony is spousal support with the goal of self-support. In other words, one party is ordered to pay alimony to their former spouse until the recipient can support himself or herself.
According to § 61.08(6)(a) of the Florida Statutes, this type of alimony can be paid until either:
- The recipient redevelops the skills or credentials needed to gain employment, or
- The recipient receives education or training that is necessary to gain marketable skills for employment.
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