Bridge-the-Gap Alimony in Florida
Legal Help from Our Jacksonville Family Law Attorney
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 Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. 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
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
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.