In determining an award for alimony, Florida family courts may consider a considerable amount of factors. Among these factors is a rebuttable presumption regarding the duration of marriage. The length of marriage is the period of time from the date of marriage until the date of filing of an action for dissolution of marriage. Marriages fall into different categories: short-term, moderate-term and long-term. Pursuant to Fla. St. § 61.08, a moderate-term marriage is a marriage lasting greater than 7 years but less than 17 years. A long-term marriage is a marriage with a duration of 17 years or greater. And, a short-term marriage is marriage lasting less than 7 years.
There are four different types of alimony awards available in the state of Florida: bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational and permanent. All of these awards have different durations and modification and termination requirements. Being in a short-term marriage may or may not affect your ability to recover alimony. Although short-term marriage may present extra hurdles in obtaining certain types of alimony awards, these hurdles are not insurmountable. There are always exceptions to the general alimony rules. Contact a Florida Divorce Attorney for legal representation in the dissolution of your short-term marriage to get you the type of alimony best suited for your situation.