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Terminating Alimony

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In Florida, those who are required to pay alimony are allowed to ask the courts for a modification of the payment schedule or amount, but only if they can demonstrate a substantial change in their financial circumstances. However, it is also possible to completely terminate periodic alimony payments. In fact, this occurs automatically when… Read More »

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Voluntary Declarations of Paternity

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

There are a number of ways for a child’s biological father to declare paternity, one of which is to complete a voluntary declaration. Completing a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity is an option often chosen by fathers who are unmarried to the mother of their child, as it provides the legal benefits and rights of… Read More »

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Is Lump Sum Alimony Considered Extra Income for Tax Purposes?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In prior years, all alimony payments in Florida were subject to taxes and deductions, as they were treated as extra income by the recipient. However, as a result of the passage of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which was enacted late last year and goes into effect this coming January, spousal support payments… Read More »

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When to Obtain a Temporary Order in a Divorce Case

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Not all orders issued by a court during divorce proceedings are permanent. In fact, it is a relatively common practice for courts to issue temporary awards prior to finalizing the dissolution of a marriage to provide monetary support to one of the spouses, a parenting time schedule if a couple has children, or a… Read More »

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Right of First Refusal

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Our day to day lives rarely go according to plan. For this reason, Florida family law courts created something known as the right of first refusal, which applies when one parent is unable to care for a child during a scheduled visit. In these cases, the parent with the conflict must first ask the… Read More »

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How Does Disability Alter Child Support Payments?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

If a parent suffers an injury or illness after his or her divorce has already been finalized, then his or her established child support payments could be subject to amendment. If you have questions about whether your own disability could impact your child support obligations, you should strongly consider contacting an experienced child support… Read More »

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Parenting Time Interference

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Couples with children who decide to dissolve their marriages are required to come up with a parenting plan that details how parenting time will be allocated between them before their divorce can be finalized. These arrangements are intended to ensure that children have ongoing and meaningful contact with both of their parents even after… Read More »

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How Unemployment Could Affect Your Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Although couples dissolve their marriages for a variety of reasons, financial stresses remain one of the leading causes of divorce in the U.S. In fact, financial difficulties can also affect the divorce process itself. For instance, one spouse’s unemployment could significantly impact the other spouse’s ability to collect alimony or child support. In these… Read More »

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Legal Issues You May Face After Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Legal issues related to child support, alimony, property division, and parenting time must be resolved before a divorce can be finalized. Unfortunately, divorcing parties don’t always fully disclose their assets during this process. In fact, it is not uncommon for one spouse to discover relevant financial information only after the divorce process is completed…. Read More »

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Establishing a Trust for Child Support

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In most cases, when a couple with children obtain a divorce, the non-custodial parent is required to make monthly child support payments to the other. These payments, whether made directly by a parent or garnished from his or her wages, are almost always deposited directly into the recipient’s bank account. However, in some special… Read More »

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