Florida Family Law - Online Articles
How to Qualify for Rehabilitative Alimony
Posted on May 1, 2019
If a married couple decides to file for divorce, one party may be eligible to receive alimony or “spousal support.” Alimony is defined as financial assistance provided by one spouse to another during divorce proceedings and after the divorce is final. In Florida, there are several types of alimony designed to accommodate a variety of different circumstances that may result from divorce. One commonly overlooked type of court-ordered financial spousal support is rehabilitative alimony...
Can You Get Alimony if You’re Not Yet Divorced?
Posted on March 16 2019
When a marriage can no longer be saved, some couples opt for separation instead of divorce. A separation is often the preferred option for couples either looking to take a break in order to repair their marriage, whose religious convictions oppose the dissolution of marriage, or those who are no longer romantically involved but rely on the financial and tax benefits of their marital status. In the state of Florida, couples who become separated but not yet divorced may be eligible for spousal support benefits such as alimony...
Am I entitled to alimony?
Posted on January 3, 2019
Florida’s alimony statute is found at § 61.08, F.S. Either party in a marriage may be entitled to some form of alimony. Florida courts have long recognized three types of alimony: Bridge-the-Gap (transitional short-term alimony which cannot exceed two years and cannot be modified), Rehabilitative (a stated plan to assist a spouse in acquiring education, training or work experience to develop employment skills or credentials), and Permanent (for the party who lacks the financial ability to meet his or her...
How to Protect Your Rights to Alimony
Posted on November, 13 2017
For many couples, divorce does not necessarily mean the end of the relationship. There are a lot of complex factors involved such as children, property, and finances that need to be addressed even after the marriage is over. One of the most complicated and continuous factors is alimony, also known as spousal support. Alimony is money that one spouse is ordered to pay to the other during the divorce or for a certain length of time once the divorce is final. Every couple’s divorce conditions are different...
What to Look for to Establish a Supportive Relationship in Florida
Posted on April, 25 2017
You are looking to modify alimony, reduce alimony, or decrease the amount of child support you pay to your spouse or former spouse. How do you go about minimizing the money that comes out of your wallet during one of the most financially devastating times of your life? You speak with your family law attorney and consider the factors below when evaluating if your spouse is in a supportive relationship.
Alimony Awards for Spouses in Need of Support
Posted on November 1, 2016
Alimony (also known as spousal support) is the support granted from one ex-spouse to another either during or after a divorce, to financially support children, living costs, and other expenses. Settling alimony can be a daunting and drawn-out process, and you want to ensure the court truly considers the need of the spouse requesting the alimony and then determines the other spouse has the present ability ability to pay the support. Our family law attorneys at ...
Alimony And Social Security Retirement Benefits
Posted on July 3, 2016
Much like the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration has a process for garnishing an individual’s social security retirement benefits where unpaid support has been reduced to a judgment. Section 459 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 659), provides for the garnishment of social security retirement benefits to enforce unpaid child support and alimony obligations. Such a garnishment is not without restriction; however, an individual is not supporting a spouse or dependent...
Death of a Party Post Divorce - What to do about Alimony and Child Support
Posted on March 30, 2016
Alimony is generally defined as financial assistance provided by one spouse to another, during and after a divorce. In Florida, either a husband or a wife may be eligible to receive alimony – also known as “spousal support” or “maintenance.” Whether you are entitled to temporary or permanent alimony or support will depend upon the individual circumstances of your marriage. An award of alimony or spousal support can profoundly impact the lives of you and your entire family, post-divorce...
Child Support, Alimony and Taxes in Florida
Posted on January 15, 2016
Child support is not taxable in Florida as income—alimony on the other hand may have some tax benefits. The individual paying alimony in Florida may receive tax benefits for paying this alimony; however the recipient does not and must report this money as incomee. Be wary of the attorney that seeks to put a clause in a settlement agreement, which purports to circumvent the tax liability surrounding alimony. Also, if you are the recipient of alimony, do not be swayed by...
Long-Term Marriages and the Dreaded “A”
Posted on December 1, 2014
You’ve heard it before. Power Couple “A” divorce, and the specifics of their settlement are all over the news in painstaking detail. Everyone wants to know, what did she get in alimony and did she get to keep the ring? Recent example—Harold Hamm Holds Onto Most of $16B Fortune in Divorce. Long term marriages have real long term effects on couples that spent the majority of their lives sharing their incomes, assets, and debts. Unfortunately, the age-old stereotypes associated with alimony are very real...
Changes to Florida Family Law - Alimony
Posted on July 4, 2011
The Florida Legislature’s extensive revision of Chapter 61 has included important changes to Florida’s divorce and family law statutes, particularly in the area of alimony. Florida’s alimony statute is found at § 61.08, F.S. Where Florida courts have previously recognized three categories of alimony: Bridge-the-Gap, Rehabilitative, and Permanent...
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