Bridge-the-Gap Alimony

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Alimony can be one of the trickiest areas of the laws which divorcing parties can be forced to deal with. For these reasons, it is important that should you be facing a divorce that you do not hesitate to contact a Jacksonville divorce lawyer from the law office of Jason K.S. Porter as soon as possible.

At our firm, we recognize that there are common issues that are associated with family law and we are prepared to do everything possible to address these situations. Should you choose to work with our firm, you will be able to be confident knowing that you will have an experienced advocate on your side who will go above and beyond in the effort to helping you achieve the type of alimony that is best suited for your case.

Meeting Your Short-Term Needs

Similar to rehabilitative alimony, bridge-the-gap alimony is a temporary form of alimony that allows for the receiving party to receive up to two years of payments. After this, the payments are terminated under HB 907. This type of alimony was first seen in the case Murray v. Murray in 1979 when a court ordered a husband to pay his wife four years of monthly payments of $1,000 or until she had completed her bachelor’s degree. The marriage had lasted for seven months and the wife came from limited means whereas the husband in the marriage had been noticeably wealthy.

The court stated that the alimony was awarded in an attempt to help the wife “bridge the gap” between the high standard of living that she had experienced during the extent of her brief, wealthy marriage and the more modest standard of living that she would be more comfortably able to provide for herself. Therefore, it is not permanent alimony, but rather a way in which temporary payments can satisfy short-term needs that were achieved in a short-term marriage. Over the years, courts have enforced this idea in several decisions.

Bridge-the-Gap Alimony vs. Rehabilitative Alimony

One of the most prominent factors of rehabilitative alimony decisions is the requirement that the party seeking the maintenance must present a viable plan that must be approved by the court. When seeking bridge-the-gap alimony, on the other hand, there is no need for a plan to be put into place. This is merely meant to be a short-term solution to help parties in the transition from married to single life and to help ease the gap in the standard of living that might be felt by some. It is important to keep in mind that under this type of alimony, the receiving party is only eligible to receive up to two years of payments; however, this plan cannot be modified under any circumstances, unless both parties make a written agreement.

Contact Jason K.S. Porter today!

When seeking a just alimony decision, you need a lawyer on your side who you can trust to look out for your best interests – someone who will always go above and beyond in their efforts to provide you with high-quality and reliable legal assistance. This is exactly what you will receive should you choose to work with the legal team at our firm. Over the years, we have been proud to establish ourselves as advocates for the rights and best interests of families and always do everything that we can to achieve a just outcome.

We know that this is a difficult and highly emotional area of the law and we will fight to help you protect yourself, so contact our office today.

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