How Long Will I Receive Alimony?

This is a common question asked during consultations. For many people facing divorce, they are fearful of the outcome and whether or not they will have enough money to meet their monthly expenses after divorce. In Florida divorce, alimony can be requested in marriages of any length. If you have been married for 17 years, this is deemed a long-term marriage and you can request permanent alimony. Permanent alimony is a support payment with no specific end date where your former spouse must pay until the receiving spouse remarries, either party passes away or until he or she files a supplemental petition for reduction/termination of alimony which typically occurs at retirement. If the duration of the marriage is not 17 or more years, then durational alimony can be requested. Durational alimony cannot exceed the length of the marriage. In practice, durational alimony is typically awarded for half the duration of the marriage or less. For shorter marriages, bridge-the-gap alimony may be more appropriate. Bridge-the-gap alimony is meant to cover short-term, specific expenses immediately following a divorce. The purpose of bridge-the-gap alimony is to help transition people from a short-term marriage back to being single. Bridge-the-gap alimony is paid for no longer than a two-year period. Rehabilitative alimony is support for a needy spouse coupled with a rehabilitative plan such as college or re-training. The purpose of rehabilitative alimony is to help a spouse become self-supporting and typically, this type of alimony extends for short periods of time and must come with a specific plan.

If you are facing a Florida divorce, you should consult with an experienced family law attorney. Attorney Nicole Vette focuses her work exclusively on family law related matters including divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, pre-nuptial agreements, and domestic violence. Vette Law offers a free thirty (30) minute consultation which can be conducted via Zoom, telephone or in-person. Contact us at or 561-531-9132; 1375 Gateway Blvd. Suite 42, Boynton Beach, FL 33426.