What Type Of Divorce Will You Have? Part 1: Alimony

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

In the state of Florida, there are legally defined, three types of marriages:  short term, durational, and long term marriages.   Depending upon where your marriage falls, this can determine what kind of divorce outcome you get.

Short term marriages fall into the category of 0-2 years.   In terms of litigation, if your spouse is asking for alimony, chances are the shorter the marriage, the less likely there is going to be an alimony award.   Two plus years up to 17 years of marriage falls into the durational marriage category.  What this means is, if a spouse shows need and that the other spouse has ability to pay, and there is disparate incomes, the court has the legal ability to award alimony up to the length of the marriage.  For example, in a 6 year marriage, the court cannot award alimony for 8 years.

Long term marriages are legally defined as 17 years plus.  In this type of marriage, the court has the ability to award a spouse lifetime or permanent alimony.   There are still many statutory factors that the court must consider in awarding alimony.  But length of the marriage determines the time frame for alimony.  If you are thinking about getting divorced in Palm Beach County, Florida, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 for more information or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com for more information.


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