Florida Divorce laws changed in July 2023. One of the biggest changes is that permanent alimony has been eliminated. The new law only applies to divorces filed on or after July 1, 2023. It cannot be used for divorces that were already filed before that date.
There are now only four types of alimony in Florida which are:
- Temporary alimony – A judge can award temporary alimony when a couple has separated, but has not yet divorced. The judge can also award temporary alimony if the divorce is not yet finalized through the court system. You can appeal the award of temporary alimony while the divorce is pending.
- Bridge-the-gap alimony – This type of alimony can be awarded for a set time period not to exceed 2 years. Once awarded the amount and time can not be modified.
- Rehabilitative alimony – The length of this type of alimony cannot exceed 5 years. But, it can be modified or terminated based on certain circumstances.
- Durational alimony – This type of alimony allows for economic assistance for a set period based on the circumstances of the marriage. But, it cannot be awarded for marriages of less than 3 years.