Alimony Bridge the Gap

Bridge the Gap Alimony is appropriate where a lump sum award is reasonable and the payor has the ability to pay. “This type of alimony is designed ‘to assist a spouse with any legitimate, identifiable, short-term need under circumstances where a lump sum award is reasonable and when the other spouse has the ability to pay the award.’ Borchard v. Borchard, 730 So. Id 748, 753 (Fla. 2d DCA 1999)” Liebrecht v. Liebrecht Bridge the gap alimony is appropriate where the payee has skills that will enable him or her to find a job, but needs time to do so. “[T]his court has affirmed awards of bridge-the-gap alimony when the requesting spouse has the education and skills necessary to obtain employment and become self-supporting but needs financial support for a defined period of time in which to find such employment and transition back into the workforce. See, e.g., Schlagel v. Schlagel, 973 So. 2d 672 (Fla. 2d DCA 2008) (affirming award of bridge-the-gap alimony when unemployed wife had a law degree and could reasonably be expected to obtain employment in the legal field but needed financial support during her job search)…” Liebrecht v. Liebrecht