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The Permanent Alimony Presumption

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When couples divorce, they are required to contend with a host of complicated issues, including how marital property will be divided and whether one party must pay alimony to the other upon finalization of the divorce. Determining the latter can be complicated, especially for couples who have been married for many years, so if… Read More »

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The Importance of Proper Venue Selection During a Florida Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The term venue, in a legal context, refers to the court in which a plaintiff can file a certain type of lawsuit. Under Florida law, there are three distinct bases for determining proper venue. However, interpreting these bases when it comes to divorce proceedings can be difficult, so if you have questions about the… Read More »

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Incurring Marital Liabilities

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When divorce is on the horizon, it is not uncommon for couples to begin worrying about whether they will be held responsible for each other’s debts. In many cases, these concerns are valid, as debts, just like assets, must be divided between divorcing couples based on an equitable division standard. Essentially, this means that… Read More »

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How Could a Divorce Impact My Business?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Although many divorcing couples anticipate that ending their marriage will impact their financial  situation and personal lives, few take into account how their business interests could be affected by the termination of their union. Fortunately, it is often possible for couples to come to a fair settlement agreement in which the business’s owner remains… Read More »

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Home Equity in Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Even divorcing couples who have a relatively amicable relationship will need to contend with certain issues before they can make a clean break and move on with their lives. One of these issues involves the dividing up of shared assets, including the family home, which requires the division of any equity in the residence…. Read More »

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Alternatives to Traditional Alimony

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Recent changes to the federal tax code have had a significant effect on how alimony payments are handled during divorce, as former spouses who make spousal maintenance payments no longer qualify for a tax deduction. Furthermore, alimony recipients must now pay income taxes on all payments that they receive from a former spouse. Both… Read More »

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When Florida Child Support May be Appropriate After Age 18

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In Florida, child support usually ends when the child who is being supported turns 18 years old. It is possible, however, for a parent to be required to pay child support beyond this age, so if you have questions about how long you will need to financially support your child, it is important to… Read More »

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Calculating Income for Alimony and Child Support Purposes

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

One of the most important factors that courts assess when setting alimony and child support awards is both parties’ incomes. Although wages and salaries may come to mind first when considering what qualifies as income, these are not the only sources of funds that the courts treat as income. For this reason, divorcing couples… Read More »

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When Can a Child Testify in a Florida Divorce Case?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Most Florida courts frown on attempts to involve children in divorce litigation. This includes a general prohibition against requiring a child to testify in a deposition or on the stand. It is possible, however, for a child to testify in court in certain situations, but only if specific requirements are met. To learn more… Read More »

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What Can I do to Reduce the Cost of Divorce?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Ending a marriage is a complicated process that requires couples to contend with a wide range of complex issues. Unfortunately, resolving these issues can be both time-consuming and expensive, which often adds to the stresses of divorce. There are, however, a few steps that couples can take to reduce the cost of marital separation,… Read More »

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