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How to Avoid an Alimony Award During a Florida Divorce

By Steve W. Marsee |

Even if divorce cannot be prevented, you may still be able to avoid an alimony award in your divorce case in Florida. However, in some cases, alimony is inescapable, though it does not mean that Florida courts order spousal support in every divorce. Also, an alimony award does not necessarily mean that these payments… Read More »

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Are You Eligible for Durational Alimony in Florida?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Durational alimony is a relatively new concept in Florida’s family law, which is why many divorced and separated couples underestimate its importance. A Florida court has the authority to grant spousal support to the lower-earning spouses in the form of: bridge-the-gap; rehabilitative; lump sum; permanent periodic; and durational alimony. If you are wondering whether… Read More »

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Does Your Ex-Spouse’s Cohabitation Stop Alimony Payments in Florida?

By Steve W. Marsee |

In Florida, the payer spouse can stop alimony payments if the recipient is cohabitating or engaged in a supportive relationship with another individual. However, determining what constitutes “cohabitation” and “supportive relationship” in Florida is not always clear. To determine whether your circumstances warrant a modification of the alimony order, speak with an Orlando spousal… Read More »

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What is Florida’s 2020 Alimony Reform All About?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Supporters of the alimony reform could soon reshape the legal landscape of spousal support in Florida. Florida residents are picking sides in the heated battle between those who criticize the reform and those pushing to change the current system. After a series of scandals and controversies, the alimony reform could be on the 2020… Read More »

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How to Enforce an Alimony Order in Florida

By Steve W. Marsee |

Oftentimes in divorce settlements, the court will order the higher earning spouse to pay alimony, also known as spousal support, to the lesser earning spouse in the relationship. This is intended to help the lesser earning spouse maintain their standard of living and transition into becoming financially independent on their own. However, sometimes the… Read More »

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What Type of Alimony is Right for Your Divorce?

By Steve W. Marsee |

The payment of alimony during and after a divorce is a common practice for spouses in Florida. The purpose of alimony, also known as spousal support, is to help maintain the lifestyle for the lesser-earning spouse and to help as she becomes financially independent. Florida law has five different types of alimony payments available… 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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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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What is Bridge the Gap Alimony?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Bridge the gap alimony is one of the six types of alimony order that can be entered under Florida law. It is meant to cover the specific short-term financial needs an individual faces immediately after his or her divorce. These needs can arise because the couple is working through the process of selling their… Read More »

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What Business Owners Need to Know About Retained Earnings and Divorce

By Steve W. Marsee |

The term ‘retained earnings’ refers to the net income earned by a company that is left in the business, instead of being paid out to the shareholders. When a business owner goes through a divorce, retained earnings, a seemingly esoteric and dry accounting matter, can become a fiercely disputed family law issue. In fact,… Read More »

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