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Category Archives: alimony


Overdue Alimony

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Alimony payments are often awarded to help supplement one spouse’s income until he or she is able to complete vocational training or find a better paying job. This is especially common among those who were married for a significant amount of time and were not employed, so that they could care for the couple’s… Read More »


Thoughts About “Lifetime Alimony” — Using Well-Crafted Premarital Agreement

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Alimony reform continues to be a hot topic here in Florida. Back in January 2017, bills were introduced to, once again, try and reform Florida’s alimony laws. Last year, the legislature passed alimony reform. Under what was labeled SB 668, judges were denied the ability to award so-called “lifetime alimony” payments. SB 668 replaced… Read More »


How Much Alimony Will You Get?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Across the United States, over 450,000 individuals receive alimony payments. While many of these individuals greatly rely on these payments, alimony payments are some of the most highly contested issues in a divorce. In many cases, divorces can carry on for years as spouses dispute potential spousal support (alimony payments). The exact way alimony… Read More »

Divorce & Social Security Spousal Benefits: What Might Surprise You

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Many people assume that, once they divorce, they couldn’t possibly claim spousal benefits on their ex-partner’s earnings. However, that isn’t necessarily true; in some circumstances, you can claim spousal benefits after divorce, even if your ex has remarried. There are a number of factors involved in determining whether one can continue to claim spousal… Read More »

What Getting Divorced Can Teach Us about Money

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Sometimes reading about people’s personal experiences after divorce can help us realize that, although the prospect of splitting from your partner can seem daunting, it can also end up making you both stronger and wiser. One particular piece recently published in Refinery29 does just this; it explores how one woman’s journey into financial independence… Read More »

Governor Scott Vetoes Changes to Alimony and Child Custody in Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

On April 15th, Governor Rick Scott vetoed the controversial family law proposal that would have forced judges to use a specific formula in calculating alimony (entirely based on number of years of marriage and combined incomes), and would have eliminated permanent alimony entirely. Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the proposal was the last-minute… Read More »

Child Custody Measure Approved in Florida Senate

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Currently there is tremendous division in the Florida legislature over SB 250, the child custody measure that just passed the state Senate. Some say that it would place women, in particular, at a disadvantage by setting the default to a 50-50 child custody plan and forcing them to hire attorneys, go back to court… Read More »

“Bread-Winning Women” Driving Alimony Reform in Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Many women in Florida who run their own businesses have joined the crusade for alimony (aka spousal support or maintenance) reform in the state. While several other states have already introduced limitations on alimony—particularly for marriages that lasted less than 20 years—others, like Florida, have not. Is Alimony Fair? Most alimony benefits are still… Read More »

Florida Senator Trying To Overhaul Alimony and Custody Laws…Again

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

State Senator Tom Lee is once again (and for the third time) trying to change the state laws governing alimony and child custody. On September 10, he filed SB 250 for consideration in 2016. This bill would alter certain aspects of divorce proceedings in state courts, specifically: Making It More Difficult To Receive Spousal… Read More »

Tax Ramifications of Divorce, Alimony, and Child Support

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

If you are getting divorced, aside from the complications of dealing with the divorce process and any child custody and support issues, you also have to worry about the tax ramifications of any financial arrangements that you make. For example, few people realize that while alimony (and/or “maintenance” under Florida law) is tax deductible,… Read More »

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