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Understanding temporary alimony

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2024 | Alimony

A divorce can be overwhelming, especially regarding financial support. During the divorce, the spouse can provide financial assistance to the other through temporary alimony.

What is temporary alimony?

Temporary alimony, or pendente lite, provides monetary support to a spouse during the divorce proceedings. The purpose is to ensure that the lower-earning spouse can maintain a reasonable standard of living until after the divorce proceedings. This alimony helps cover essential expenses such as housing, utilities and daily living costs.

Temporary alimony is not a long-term solution but a means to stabilize the needy spouse’s financial situation. It aims to prevent financial hardship and legal uncertainty during transition.

How long does temporary alimony last?

The court usually terminates temporary support after finalizing the divorce unless there is a new or existing support agreement. The court evaluates numerous factors to determine the necessity and amount of temporary alimony, ensuring that both parties can sustain themselves throughout the divorce process. These include financial need, ability to pay and length of the marriage.

The court also considers the standard of living established during the marriage and each spouse’s contribution to the marriage, including homemaking, child care, and supporting the other spouse’s career. 

Seeking legal help

Going through a divorce can be emotionally and financially challenging. By understanding how to apply for temporary alimony and how long it lasts in Florida, you can feel more prepared for what is ahead. You may seek help from a legal professional who can guide you through the process and ensure you get the support you need.