13 Aug Alimony: What is “Bridge the Gap” Alimony under Florida Law?
Bridge the Gap Alimony
We receive a lot of questions about alimony in Florida divorces. There are a few different types of alimony, one of which is referred to as “bridging the gap” alimony.
“Bridge the Gap” alimony may be awarded to assist a divorcing party in making the transition from being married to being single, and is designed to assist that divorcing party with legitimate, identifiable, short-term needs. The type of short term needs contemplated include (1) replacement of household items, (2) purchase or lease of an automobile, (3) payment of moving costs and necessary deposits for housing or utilities, (4) provision of additional income to cover household costs pending an increase in wages, and (5) assistance in adjusting to a dramatic lowering of the recipient’s standard of living.
Under Florida Statute 61.08(5), this type of award is not permitted to exceed two years. By statute, an award of bridge-the-gap alimony terminates on the death of either party or on the remarriage of the party receiving alimony. Additionally, an award of bridge-the-gap alimony is not generally modifiable in amount or duration, so be sure to consult with an attorney before agreeing to an offer.
If you are considering petitioning for dissolution (Divorce) in the State of Florida and have any Family Law questions, don’t hesitate to call a Miami Divorce Lawyer at 786.309.8588. We will help you or will try to find you someone that can.