Alimony Attorney

Certain decisions in life have permanent consequences.  Alimony can be one of them.  Regardless of whether you are the party paying alimony, or are the one who will be receiving it, the decisions made in family cases impact you for many years to come.

There are many factors to be considered affecting the payment of alimony, per Florida statute, as well as mandatory financial disclosures by both parties. Some of of the factors include: the age and physical condition of the parties, the financial resources of each party, the capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the parties, the contribution of each party to the marriage, the responsibilities of each party with regard to minor children, the duration of the marriage, and the standard of living during the marriage.

Attorney Heather Bryan can help you achieve the right result in your case. After successfully trying high-stakes cases, Heather also understands how an alimony battle can play out in a Polk County courtroom.


"I understand the importance of financial matters in a family case. Simply put, money counts. Trust an attorney who will be a strong advocate on your behalf."

Heather Bryan

Types of Alimony

Transitional or “Bridge the Gap” Alimony may be awarded to assist a spouse in transitioning from being married to being single.  It is designed to assist with identifiable short-term needs not to exceed two years.  

Rehabilitative Alimony may be awarded to assist a spouse in becoming financially self-supporting by re-developing previous skills or acquiring new employment skills.  The spouse requesting rehabilitative alimony most present a specific and definable rehabilitative plan.  This type of alimony may be modified based upon a substantial change in circumstances or non-compliance with the rehabilitative plan.

Durational Alimony: The purpose of durational alimony is to provide economic assistance for a fixed period of time following a marriage of short (1 to 7 years) or moderate (8 to 17 years) duration.  Its term may not exceed the length of the marriage and it terminates upon the death of either spouse or upon re-marriage of the person receiving it.  The amount of the award may be modified based upon a substantial change in circumstances; however, the length of the award may only be modified under exceptional circumstances.

Permanent Alimony provides for a spouse’s financial needs as they were established during the marriage for a spouse who lacks the financial ability to meet his or her needs. Permanent alimony is usually awarded following a marriage of long duration (over 17 years), but may be awarded after a marriage of moderate duration if appropriate or following a marriage of short duration under exceptional circumstances. An award of permanent alimony terminates upon the death of either party or upon the re-marriage of the spouse receiving it and may be modified upon a substantial change in circumstances.

Lump Sum Alimony is a one-time payment of a fixed sum of money.

We work closely with our clients to understand their financial needs and analyze the types and amounts of alimony that they may be required to pay or entitled to receive.

If you are facing a divorce, alimony case, or alimony modification in Lakeland or anywhere in Polk County, please contact us online or call us at (863) 825-5309 for a consultation with Lakeland Family Law Attorney Heather Bryan regarding your rights.