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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.

Factors Florida courts consider in alimony decisions

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.

Several types of alimony are possible under Florida law

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.

How alimony works in Florida

Alimony is defined as a periodic or lump sum payment made from one party in a divorce to the other party. This alimony may be be granted by the court for one of several reasons including rehabilitative, bridge-the-gap, durational, permanent, or any combination of these reasons. Whether or not alimony is awarded is determined by the court's consideration of adultery or other circumstances such as the standard of living, marriage duration, age of parties, income and financial resources of each party, earning capacities, financial and non-financial contributions, and responsibilities to minor children in common.

Alimony reform movement is not going away soon in Florida

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.

Florida budget cuts hit programs for divorced and abused women

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.

Men, women and alimony: what's the norm?

Should a man be entitled to spousal support if his former spouse earned more than he did? While Florida law does not prevent men from seeking and receiving alimony, historically, most alimony awards across the nation have gone to women. However, the 1950s are long gone, and men are no longer necessarily primary earners who are married to women that do not work outside the home.

Survey: More baby boomers looking to untie the knot

Here in Florida, we are accustomed to seeing older couples migrating to the state to spend their retirement years basking in the warm and sunny climate. However, a recent survey from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers suggests that a growing number of these older people may be setting up shop in our state all by themselves.

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