If you have long stayed home taking care of the kids while your spouse has been the primary breadwinner, then you may have not remained as up-to-date in your career field as you would have liked. You also likely haven’t gained valuable work experience needed to help you make the type of salary that you need to support your family on your own. In situations like this, a judge may order your ex to pay you alimony.

In states like Florida, judges make decisions to award spousal support to a divorcing husband or wife only after other liabilities and assets have already been equitably distributed between them.

A judge’s responsibility is to make sure that neither spouse walks from their marriage with an unfair advantage over the other. In order to make sure that this doesn’t occur, a judge may award alimony.

After deciding that you should receive spousal support, your Kissimmee judge will determine how much you should get and for how long.

There are five types of spousal support in Florida.

Lump-sum alimony generally involves a larger amount of money or a property being turned over at a single time.

Rehabilitative alimony is generally awarded to a spouse for a period long enough to allow them to adjust to living independently and to acquire necessary skills to re-enter the job market.

Durational alimony is paid by a spouse for a short term, whereas permanent alimony is generally paid by one spouse to another up until they die or they remarry.

Bridge-the-gap alimony is generally only paid out once and is meant to help a spouse cover the acquisition of housing and transportation.

Factors that a judge will take into account when deciding how much alimony to award include the length of the couple’s marriage, the earning capacity of each, the standard of living attained during the marriage and the spouses’ ages and health. They may also take into account how each contributed to the marriage and how much training the petitioning spouse will need to re-enter the job market.

Divorce attorneys often ask their clients to compile financial paperwork soon after meeting them. They do this to help them better negotiate property division and financial matters. The more details about your lifestyle that you can give your lawyer, the easier it will be for your alimony attorney to justify why you deserve to be awarded spousal support.