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How Long After a Divorce Can You Ask for Alimony In Miami?

how long after a divorce can you ask for alimony

Divorce can be an emotionally challenging experience, and navigating the legal aspects of it can make it even more daunting. One of the most important considerations for anyone going through a divorce is whether they will be entitled to alimony. But how long after a divorce can you ask for alimony?

In Florida, specific guidelines determine the timeline for requesting spousal support. It’s essential to understand these guidelines to ensure that you receive the support you need during this difficult time.

We’ll provide all the information you need about how long after a divorce you can ask for alimony and how a Miami alimony lawyer can help.

Types of Alimony in Florida, and Factors Considered

Before delving into the specifics of time limits, it is important to understand the types of alimony payments available in Florida.

There are four types of alimony awarded:

  1. Bridge-the-gap alimony is typically awarded to help a spouse transition from marriage to being single. It is usually a short-term award that cannot exceed two years.
  2. Rehabilitative alimony is awarded to assist a spouse in becoming self-sufficient through education, training, or work experience. This type of alimony has a specific plan and time limit, and it can be modified if circumstances change.
  3. Durational alimony is awarded for a specific period of time and cannot exceed the length of the marriage. It is typically awarded when other types of alimony are not appropriate.
  4. Permanent alimony is awarded when a spouse cannot become self-sufficient and requires ongoing support. It is typically awarded in long-term marriages and is subject to modification if there is a substantial change in circumstances.

When determining alimony amount and duration, the court considers several factors:

  • The length of the marriage is an important factor because it can impact the type and duration of alimony awarded. For example, permanent alimony is typically only awarded in long-term marriages of 17 years or more.
  • The standard of living during the marriage provides insight into the level of support that may be necessary to maintain that lifestyle.
  • The financial resources of each party can impact their ability to pay alimony or their need for alimony.
  • The age and health of each party can impact their ability to work and earn an income, which can impact the amount and duration of alimony awarded.

Time Limits for Seeking Alimony in Florida

In Florida, there is a general time limit for seeking alimony. You must petition for alimony before the final divorce judgment is entered. However, there are exceptional circumstances where you may be able to seek alimony after the final judgment has been entered. These exceptional circumstances include fraud, duress, mental incapacity, or undue influence.

Sometimes it’s necessary to request more alimony after a divorce judgment. If this is the case, you can request a modification to your spousal support order if there has been a substantial change in circumstances since the initial alimony order was entered. This change in circumstances could be a job loss, a significant increase or decrease in income, or a change in health.

It is important to note that if you fail to seek alimony before the final judgment of dissolution of marriage is entered, you may be barred from seeking alimony in the future. Therefore, it is crucial to seek legal advice as soon as possible if you believe you may be entitled to alimony.

Get Legal Help From an Experienced Miami Divorce Lawyer

Alimony can be a complex and emotionally charged aspect of a divorce or separation. Understanding the types of alimony available in Florida, the factors considered in determining alimony, and the time limits for seeking alimony is crucial when you’re involved in a divorce.

Seeking legal advice from an experienced divorce lawyer can help ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the support you’re entitled to when your marriage ends.

Contact us today at Vasquez de Lara Law Group, and we’ll review your family law case to ensure you’re treated fairly.

Author Bio

Vanessa Vasquez de Lara is the founder and owner of Vasquez de Lara Law Group, a Miami family law firm. With over 20 years of experience in family law, she has zealously represented clients in various legal matters, including divorces, child support, child custody, alimony, and other family law cases.

Vanessa received her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002 and is a member of the Florida Bar Association. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including being named to the 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars and the 2016-2023 Super Lawyers list.

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