Florida’s alimony laws have changed recently. The news law enacts a statute codifying what constitutes a “long-term” marriage for purposes of permanent alimony. Discrepancies existed among district courts, but the new law has provided universal guidelines defining length of marriage as follows:
At Stuart N. House, P.A., we work diligently to protect your rights as you go through the divorce process. Since 1991, our law firm has focused exclusively family law matters, including complex alimony cases.
A family court judge will decide whether to award alimony (spousal maintenance) based upon the specific facts of your divorce. They may include the length of your marriage, your past work experience, the health of both parties, and other factors. In Florida, a judge may choose from several different types of alimony when rendering a decision:
While it is not common, a “lump sum alimony” payment may be ordered under certain circumstances. Unlike child support, there are no guidelines to determine the amount of alimony. Consequently, alimony issues can be quite difficult to resolve without a skilled and seasoned family lawyer to assist you.
After a divorce is finalized, you may find it necessary to enforce the terms of your original support or order of custody. Stuart N. House, P.A. has handled cases where a spouse who should receive alimony finds that the other party has voluntarily become unemployed or under-employed in an effort to avoid paying alimony. This voluntary action is designed to deprive a party of his or her just entitlements and must be met with appropriate responsive action.
Our Coral Springs alimony lawyers provide solutions to individuals and families facing the additional stresses of another party’s failure to comply with a court order. We aggressively work towards successful results in enforcement and contempt cases involving child support orders, visitation rights, alimony and spousal support payments.
Stuart N. House, P.A. has handled hundreds of alimony cases. He was a former support enforcement prosecutor for the State of Florida and uses that experience to yield the results your family deserve.
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