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Category Archives: Alimony

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How Do Courts Determine Alimony When Your Income Is Variable?

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They say that money comes and money goes, but love lasts forever. Unfortunately, that is not always true in real life. A lot of times, the marriage falls apart at the same time as the couple’s financial situation does. It is incredibly painful when the person you thought would be by your side forever… Read More »

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Can You Reduce Your Alimony Obligations Because of a No-Win Situation in Your Professional Life?

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How much money is enough? What kinds of personal sacrifices should you make for work? Is the freedom of being your own boss more valuable than the stable income you get from a salaried position? How stressful does a well-paid job have to be before you quit and take a different job where the… Read More »

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Modifying the Amount of Permanent Alimony Many Years After Divorce

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How would you feel you just received a copy of your spouse’s divorce petition and, in addition to being blindsided about the demise of your marriage, you found out that your spouse wants you to pay more than half of your income in alimony? You would probably lawyer up and try to make the… Read More »

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Is Permanent Alimony Really Permanent?

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As is the case with so many clickable terms, the less you know about permanent alimony, the stronger your feelings about it tend to be. Permanent alimony is the exception, rather than the rule; in fact, the default option is to settle the couple’s financial entanglements through equitable distribution of marital assets without awarding… Read More »

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Why Would the Court Order You to Pay $1 Per Month in Permanent Alimony?

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Most alimony arrangements can be terminated early if the recipient spouse remarries, even if the alimony was originally meant to be permanent. Of course, it is possible for a couple to act as a single financial unit without being legally married. In fact, over the years, the courts heard the grievances of many divorced… Read More »

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Agreements to Waive Alimony Only Become Effective When the Divorce Becomes Final

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The percentage of divorce cases in which the court orders one spouse to pay alimony is decreasing, and when the court does order alimony, it is usually only for a few years. Prenuptial agreements are becoming increasingly popular among young couples, but that is not the main reason for the trend away from alimony;… Read More »

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Equitable Distribution and Late-in-Life Marriages of Short Duration

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Divorce courts in Florida divide property according to what is fair for both parties; the legal term for this is equitable distribution. Decisions about alimony follow the same logic, but not all divorce settlements include alimony, whereas all of them involve equitable distribution. This means that some people who were financially dependent on their… Read More »

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The Court Cannot Hold You in Contempt for Failing to Pay Alimony That Was Improperly Calculated

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Contempt of court is when the court declares that you have disobeyed a court order. Depending on the nature of the court order and the period of time that you have been failing to comply with it, the court might hold you in civil contempt or criminal contempt of court; if it is criminal… Read More »

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What Happens to Your Alimony Obligations When One Former Spouse Assumes Responsibility for the Adult Children’s College Tuition?

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Florida laws regarding alimony aim to enable both spouses to maintain their pre-divorce standard of living. Therefore, if one spouse was a stay-at-home parent throughout the marriage, the other spouse might have to make hefty alimony payments. If the marriage lasted longer than 17 years, the alimony obligations could even be permanent, ending only… Read More »

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How Young Is Too Young to Receive Permanent Alimony?

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One of the most painful things about divorce is having to build a new life without so many of the things on which you used to rely. For example, if your social circle during your marriage consisted mostly of your spouse’s college buddies and their spouses, you will probably have to seek out new… Read More »

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