It is common in Palm Beach, and throughout Florida, for one spouse to be the primary earner in a marriage. Should married couples in these types of situations divorce, it could place a heavy economic burden on the lesser, or non-income-earning partner. In order to help alleviate this, family law courts often order spousal maintenance awards, including alimony.
Generally, alimony is a monetary allowance that is paid by one spouse to the other during the divorce process or after its completion. In most cases, higher earning spouses are ordered by the courts to pay this type of spousal maintenance to lower earning spouses. Depending on the circumstances, under Chapter 61 of the 2014 Florida Statutes, there are four primary types of alimony that are awarded in the state of Florida – bridge-the-gap, durational, permanent and rehabilitative alimony.