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What is Alimony Reform in Florida?


Alimony reform in Florida is a series of changes to the state’s alimony laws that took effect on July 1, 2023. The most significant change is the abolition of permanent alimony. Under the new law, courts can only award temporary alimony, rehabilitative alimony, or bridge-the-gap alimony.

  • Temporary alimony is designed to provide financial support to a spouse during the divorce process. It is typically awarded for a short period of time, such as until the spouse has a chance to find a job or sell the marital home.
  • Rehabilitative alimony is intended to help a spouse become self-supporting. It is typically awarded for a period of time that is necessary for the spouse to complete education or training.
  • Bridge-the-gap alimony is designed to help a spouse maintain their standard of living during the transition from marriage to divorce. It is typically awarded for a period of time that is equal to half the length of the marriage.


The new alimony law also sets limits on the amount and duration of alimony payments. For example, rehabilitative alimony cannot exceed five years, and bridge-the-gap alimony cannot exceed half the length of the marriage.

The goal of alimony reform in Florida is to make the alimony system fairer and more predictable for both spouses. The new law is also designed to encourage spouses to become self-sufficient after divorce.

If you are considering getting a divorce in Florida, it is important to understand the new alimony laws. You should consult with an experienced family law attorney to discuss your specific situation and to learn more about your rights.

Family Law can be complicated and frustrating, navigating the system can be costly and burdensome. At Tumarkin & Burns, P.A. of Osceola County, Florida we’ve seen it all and helped hundreds of family law clients. If you need help or have questions, we are here to help. Simply click here and schedule an appointment with our team. 

This is for informational purposes only, not to be construed as legal advice.


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