Alimony is a request from one spouse for financial assistance from the other spouse.
There after various forms of alimony, to wit: temporary, bridge-the-gap, lump sum, permanent, nominal and durational.
Alimony can only be obtained when one spouse has the financial ability to pay it and the other party has the need for it (except nominal which only requires one spouse to have a need). The issue of alimony is a complicated area of law that is always changing.
It is best to consult with an attorney if you wish to receive alimony.
Florida law discussing alimony and the factors can be found at: