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Category Archives: Alimony

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Can I Ask the Court to Change My Alimony Order if My Finances Have Changed?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the health, personal lives, and finances of millions of U.S. residents, many of whom live in Florida. Financial uncertainty in particular, can have particularly serious repercussions for those responsible for extra expenses, such as alimony payments. Fortunately, courts are willing to modify an alimony award in the… Read More »

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Florida Lawmakers Propose New Alimony Law

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Last month, members of the House Civil Justice Subcommittee approved a bill that, if passed, would place caps on how long a spouse can be required to pay alimony and eliminate lifetime alimony in Florida. To learn more about current alimony laws and how they could affect your own divorce negotiations, please contact an… Read More »

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How the Alimony Deduction Could Affect Your Tax Return

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Despite major changes made to the federal tax code in 2017, IRS officials estimate that this year’s tax refunds should be in roughly the same amounts as last year and issued by mid-May. There are, however, concerns that many tax refunds will end up being much lower than in prior years and that it… 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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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 is a Lump-Sum Alimony Payment in My Best Interests?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Under Florida law, judges are permitted to require one spouse to pay alimony to the other once a couple’s divorce is finalized. Although in some cases, judges are willing to award alimony on a permanent basis, it is much more common for one spouse to receive a temporary award. These types of alimony awards… Read More »

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An Overview of Alimony Awards in Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

One of the issues with which divorcing couples must grapple after filing for divorce is whether one of the parties will be required to provide spousal maintenance to the other, either on a short-term or long-term basis. Which of these arrangements applies depends in large part on the parties’ financial circumstances, as well as… Read More »

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Permanent Alimony Bill Dies in Subcommittee

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Over the last few years, a number of Florida lawmakers have proposed revising the state’s family law code to abolish the ordering of permanent alimony by courts across the state. This year was no exception, as House Bill 1325 was filed earlier in 2019, and if passed, would have gone into effect in July…. Read More »

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The Importance of Conducting a Vocational Evaluation During Your Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

While a vocational evaluation may seem like an assessment that could only play a role in job placement, the reality is that this type of expert opinion can also be highly beneficial during divorce. For instance, vocational evaluations can play a crucial role when it comes to making decisions about alimony and child support… Read More »

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Enforcing an Alimony Award Through Wage Garnishment

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

A former spouse’s failure to pay alimony as ordered by the court is not only frustrating, but can also place the recipient in a difficult financial situation. Fortunately, Florida courts have a number of options when it comes to enforcing spousal maintenance judgments, including garnishment. To learn more about enforcing your own divorce decree,… Read More »

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