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Category Archives: Alimony

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How Soon Can I Start Receiving Alimony?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

If you are at least partly financially dependent upon your spouse and are going through a divorce, you may be wondering how soon you can start collecting alimony. The answer to this question will differ depending on the circumstances of the case at hand, but it is often possible for a person to start… Read More »

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What are My Legal Remedies if My Former Spouse Stops Paying Alimony?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Spousal maintenance, or alimony, is a form of compensation that is paid by one former spouse to another after the couple’s marriage has been terminated. When someone fails to comply with a court order to pay alimony, there could be a number of remedies available to the wronged party. To learn more about the… Read More »

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Could My New Relationship Affect My Alimony Award?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

It is not uncommon after a divorce, for the individuals involved to enter into a new relationship at some point. These new relationships can, however, affect certain aspects of a person’s divorce, even when those proceedings have concluded, so if you are entering into a new relationship and are also receiving alimony payments from… Read More »

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Awarding Different Forms of Alimony in a Single Divorce Proceeding

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Financial stability is one of the main concerns of those who are involved in divorce proceedings, so it is important for divorcing couples to have a good understanding of the different forms of alimony and the rules regarding how and when they are awarded. If you are currently going through a divorce and have… Read More »

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Is Property or Alimony More Valuable in Divorce?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Before a court will grant a couple’s divorce in Florida, the parties will need to contend with a few complicated issues, including property division and alimony. The former refers to how marital assets and debts are divided between two parties upon divorce, while the latter is a term used to describe the financial support… Read More »

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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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