Category Archives: Alimony
What Is Lump-Sum Alimony?
When couples get divorced, they have to deal with a number of different issues before a court will actually legally end their marriage, one of which is alimony. Alimony, or spousal maintenance, is a type of financial award, in which one former spouse makes payments to a lesser earning spouse upon divorce. The amount,… Read More »
I Was Awarded Durational Alimony – What Does That Mean?
There are a number of different types of alimony that courts can award during divorce in Florida, each of which is aimed at filling a specific need. Permanent alimony, for instance, is usually only awarded following the end of a marriage that lasted more than 17 years, where one of the parties is unable… Read More »
Florida Governor Vetoes Alimony Reform Bill
Recently, Governor Ron DeSantis defied attempts to overhaul Florida’s alimony laws by vetoing a reform package that was passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The governor’s veto marks the third time that attempts to reform the alimony system in Florida have failed in the last ten years. If passed, the… Read More »
Temporary Alimony Awards
Financial stability is typically of the utmost concern for most divorcing couples. Often, the best way to ensure this is to seek alimony, of which there are four main types: durational, rehabilitative, bridge-the-gap, and permanent. These awards, however, are issued after divorce, leaving many spouses who are living apart during divorce, to question how… Read More »
Florida Lawmakers Approve Sweeping Alimony Reform
Last month, both the Florida Senate and House of Representatives approved a bill that, if signed by the governor, would result in sweeping changes to the state’s alimony laws. If enacted, the reform law would eliminate permanent alimony in the state and place a number of limits on durational alimony awards. To learn more… Read More »
Will Remarriage Affect My Alimony Award?
Alimony, or spousal support, is a type of financial payment made by one spouse to a former, or soon-to-be former spouse. In most cases, these payments must continue until a certain date has passed, or a specific goal has been reached. There are, however, other things that can impact an alimony award, including remarriage,… Read More »
Modifying Alimony Based On A Change In Income
A person’s financial situation can change a lot in the years following a divorce. Things like remarriage, the birth of a child, or unemployment, for instance, can significantly change someone’s outlook financially. Experiencing one or more of these changes when already required to pay alimony to a former spouse can be difficult, if not… Read More »
What Do Florida Courts Consider When Awarding Alimony?
The end of a marriage can be an emotionally and financially trying time for many couples. For many, the fundamental aspects of their daily lives will change drastically. Some, for instance, will find themselves looking for a new place to live, or won’t be able to see their children as often. In some cases,… Read More »
Attempts At Alimony Reform In Florida Frustrated Again
For the last few years, a number of lawmakers have attempted to usher in alimony reform in Florida to no avail. This year saw the introduction of Senate Bill 1922, which, if enacted, would have eliminated permanent alimony in Florida, go the same way as its predecessors. With the bill stalled in committee, lawmakers… Read More »
When Will My Alimony Payments End?
The short answer to this question depends on a few different factors. Some types of alimony, for instance, have specific deadlines, by which former spouses can expect to stop receiving financial support. Other forms, however, will only end upon the recipient’s remarriage or the death of either party. For help determining when your own… Read More »