Not every divorce in Florida involves two spouses who hold full-time jobs. In many marriages, one spouse supports the furtherance of the other spouse's career by staying home to take care of the children. When there is a divorce, the spouse who did not work might request alimony payments to help adjust to their new living situation.
As many couples in Florida may know, there is a litany of issues to resolve when partners opt to dissolve their marriage. Some of these issues are vital, such as child custody, spousal support and property division, and the successful resolution of a divorce may hinge upon them. If any one of these issues is contested, the state recommends that couples engage in mediation.
When divorcing couples in Florida are unable to reach an agreement by themselves regarding pivotal matters such as alimony, the Circuit Court may intervene. Judges may determine the specifics of an order for spousal support on a case-by-case basis and typically do so after taking several factors into consideration.
Alimony, which is also known as spousal support, is often a point of contention during divorce proceedings. Disputes regarding the obligations might include the length of time that the payouts must be made and the size the transfers. Spouses who are filing for divorce in Florida have several different options when considering alimony agreements.
Last year, Gov. Rick Scott's veto ended the legislative effort made by supporters of alimony reform in Florida. A new documentary film is putting the spotlight back on the issue, as reform supporters prepare for a new legislative push.
If there's anything our Fort Myers readers have learned from celebrity divorces in the news, it's that couples who seem claim to be committed to each other forever often end up splitting up almost immediately. Because some well-documented celebrity marriages don't last very long, it's noteworthy when one makes it almost four decades before coming to an end.
A recent report tells the story of what can happen when a Florida couple decides to end a relationship amicably. It is the story of a seemingly rare happy break-up, where two people decide to divorce but do not spend years fighting it out in court. It is because they engaged in collaborative divorce, a process designed to work out details like child support and spousal support without the undue influence of the courts.
In May, we discussed Florida Gov. Rick Scott's veto of a bill that would have ended permanent alimony. It has now been reported that another version of the controversial legislation is expected to resurface next year.
Gov. Rick Scott recently made a line-item veto in the new state budget that cuts funding to the state’s Displaced Homemakers Program, according to a recent report in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The Displaced Homemakers Program provides divorced, abused and widowed women access to various training and education opportunities.
When a couple decides to close the door on the chapter of their lives spent as a married couple, there is plenty of pain to go around. In many cases the last thing either party wants is a long, drawn out legal battle. However, even when same sex couples wish to pursue a collaborative divorce, they often find that the law prevents them from doing so.