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What is Temporary Alimony?


If you and your spouse decide to file for divorce in Florida, one of the first requests that may be made divorce proceedings is a request for temporary alimony. Most people only think of spousal support payments being made after the divorce is final, but temporary alimony may be awarded to a spouse while the divorce is ongoing, regardless of how long the proceedings take. In Tampa Bay, the law office of Blair H. Chan, III has represented many Florida divorce clients when requests for temporary alimony are made and will zealously advocate for your interests. For an initial consultation of your case, call or contact the office today.

What is Temporary Alimony?

The purpose of temporary alimony is to help the less wealthy spouse cover immediate costs during the process of divorce. Some expenses that temporary alimony helps to cover is payment of the mortgage on the marital home, property taxes, utilities, and joint bills. Temporary spousal support may also be used to help one spouse cover the costs of attorneys’ fees during the divorce settlement. This type of alimony is meant to help one spouse maintain their quality of life and financially support themselves while the details of the divorce agreement are negotiated. Temporary alimony is terminated upon the finalization of the divorce decree, at which point any other types of alimony awarded in the case would begin.

It is important to note that an award of temporary alimony during divorce proceedings does not automatically mean that a spouse will be awarded other types of spousal support once the divorce is finalized. Temporary alimony also does not cover any costs for children in a Florida divorce. One spouse may also request temporary child support to cover the daily expenses of the children in addition to temporary alimony for themselves.

Other Types of Florida Alimony

All other types of Florida alimony are awarded once the divorce is finalized with the court. Durational alimony is most typically confused with temporary alimony, as it operates similarly for a short, set period of time after the divorce. Bridge-the-gap alimony covers specific expenses immediately following the divorce, such as final expenses to sell the marital home. Rehabilitative alimony is paid to help one spouse receive the education, training, or skill building necessary to enter the workforce and become self-sufficient. Permanent alimony is awarded only when all other types of alimony would not suffice. For example, permanent alimony would be awarded for elderly spouses or for a spouse that has a physical disability or illness.

The court may award one or more types of alimony after your divorce in addition to temporary alimony while the case is ongoing. Talk to an experienced Florida divorce attorney today to learn more about spousal support in your case.

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To schedule an initial consultation of your divorce case in the, contact a skilled Tampa family attorney at the law office of Blair H. Chan, III now.





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