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Federal Tax Laws Eliminate Alimony Deduction

By Steve W. Marsee |

New federal tax laws that went into effect on January 1 have eliminated the deduction for alimony on federal income taxes. What was once seen as a major incentive for the payment of spousal support is now gone for couples considering divorce. This change in the law, as well as other federal tax law… Read More »

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What Can I Do if my Spouse Refuses to Agree to Pay Alimony?

By Steve W. Marsee |

In many divorces, an alimony order is part of the divorce order. When a couple negotiates their own divorce, they craft their own alimony order – which is easy when both parties agree to its terms, and much less easy when one spouse refuses to entertain the idea that his or her partner should… Read More »

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What Can Bridge the Gap Alimony Cover?

By Steve W. Marsee |

In Florida, there are six different types of alimony that the court can order an individual to pay to his or her former partner. One, temporary alimony, covers the recipient’s expenses while his or her divorce is pending. The other five are paid after the divorce is finalized to help cover his or her… Read More »

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Gender and Alimony: Who Gets It, Who Pays It, What’s Changing

By Steve W. Marsee |

The old stereotype is that when a couple divorces, the woman never has to work again because her former husband has to pay her alimony unless and until she remarries. This is not actually accurate – most divorcing individuals do not receive alimony, and of those who do, few receive permanent alimony. The truth… Read More »

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What Happens when an Alimony Order Ends?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Permanent alimony is far less common than it was in the past. Today, most alimony orders are created to last for a specific period of time, either to help rectify the income disparities between a couple for a specific number of years after their divorce or to help cover the lesser earning spouse’s educational… Read More »

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Dividing a Personal Injury Settlement and Deciding your Alimony Order

By Steve W. Marsee |

If you or your spouse stand to face financial difficulty after your divorce, a spousal support order could be part of your divorce settlement. All of your income and assets, including personal injury compensation, will be considered when determining an appropriate spousal support order. What Personal Injury Settlements Cover When an individual is injured… Read More »

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Does Adultery Impact Alimony Decisions in Florida?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Many people get confused when they are asked about how adultery affects alimony orders. In some states, one spouse’s extramarital affair can have quite an impact on his or her alimony order, depending on whether he or she was the adulterous spouse or the “innocent” spouse and whether he or she is seeking alimony… Read More »

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What Can I Do if I Cannot Afford my Alimony Payments?

By Steve W. Marsee |

It is rare for an individual’s financial circumstances to stay the same for years and decades after his or her divorce. We all have our financial ups and downs. When your financial situation becomes difficult, it can make it hard to continue paying your alimony order. Whatever you do, do not just stop making… Read More »

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Alimony and Working Off the Books

By Steve W. Marsee |

In many divorce settlements, an alimony order is established to protect the lesser earning spouse from financial hardship after the divorce is finalized. Alimony, also known as spousal support, is determined by examining a set of factors about the couple and each partner’s individual needs. This includes each partner’s current income and employability. In… Read More »

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How your Age Factors Into the Court’s Decision Regarding Alimony

By Steve W. Marsee |

Today, it is more popular than ever for couples over the age of 50 to divorce. These divorces are known as “gray divorces” and often, involve vastly different considerations than the considerations courts make for divorces among younger couples. How old you are at the time of your divorce can have a significant impact… Read More »

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