What is durational alimony?

There are several different types of alimony within Florida Law including permanent periodic alimony, rehabilitative alimony, bridge the gap alimony, and durational alimony.

Durational alimony is alimony for a set period of time.

The length of an award of durational alimony may not be modified except under exceptional circumstances and may not exceed the length of the marriage.” Cooley v Cooley, 106 So. 3d 17, 17 (Fla. 2d DCA 2013).

In one recent Second District Court of Appeal case, the trial court ordered durational alimony for a period of fifteen (15) years. However, the length of the marriage was only fourteen years and ten months. The appellate court found it error to order alimony for a period of time in excess of the length of the marriage and remanded the matter to the trial court.

See, Egle v. Krinsk, 39 Fla. L. Weekly D1450 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2014).

Dustin Michael Butler is an Attorney with Martin Law Firm, P.L., whose practice focuses in Family Law, Civil Litigation, and Estate Planning. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida and the Federal Court for the Middle District of Florida. He primarily practices in Lee County Florida in Cape Coral and Fort Myers, Florida.