Alimony is also referred to as spousal support and can be ordered for either spouse. Alimony is not restricted to divorce scenarios and may also be obtained in situations when the parties are separated and the request is unconnected to a divorce. Florida law provides different forms of alimony such as lump sum alimony, bridge-the-gap alimony, rehabilitative alimony, temporary alimony, durational alimony or permanent alimony. There are numerous factors a Court weighs when considering whether alimony is appropriate in a particular circumstance in addition to the needs of the requesting spouse and the financial ability the paying spouse has to pay support. When there is a substantial unanticipated change in circumstances, such as an extended period of reduced income, cohabitation, change of needs, change in ability to pay, for example, an individual can request that alimony be modified, terminated or abated. In the event that a spouse fails to pay their alimony obligation, it is important to retain an attorney that will enforce said obligation such as those at Marilyn Colon, P.A.