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November 2014 Archives

Is a lump sum payment better than receiving monthly alimony?

As a couple in Florida deals with the dissolution of a marriage, the issue of alimony may be considered to mitigate economic conditions deemed to be unfair to one of the parties. Common situations include stay-at-home parents who have been out of the workforce for an extended period of time. Alimony may be helpful for enabling that individual to seek education and other training for reentering the workforce. However, alternatives to alimony might be considered in certain situations.

An overview of visitation rights for grandparents in Florida

A divorce can create challenges for all family members, and grandparents may worry about being able to spend time with grandchildren if a contentious divorce and child custody case has occurred. While an amicable custody arrangement might not require any court action for grandparents seeking the opportunity to continue to have interaction and visits with a child, a grandparent may be able to seek court assistance if a grandchild's parents object to nurturing this relationship.

Availability of alimony in Florida divorces

In some Florida divorce cases, alimony may be ordered in order to provide financial assistance to one spouse, either for a specified time period or on a permanent basis. In order to obtain alimony, the spouse who wants the court to issue an order for it must first request it from the court during the divorce.