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Will Reducing My Post-Divorce Expenses Affect My Alimony?

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When a Florida judge awards “permanent” alimony in a divorce, that does not mean the duration or amount is etched in stone. As each former spouse’s financial circumstances change, either party may petition the court for a modification of a spousal support award. But it is critical for the court to fairly and impartially… Read More »

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How Will Retirement Affect My Obligation to Pay Alimony?

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When a former spouse is required to pay permanent periodic alimony as part of a divorce judgment, that means the receiving spouse is entitled to receive such payments indefinitely. But if there is a change in the parties’ circumstances, either former spouse may petition the court for modification of the alimony order. Keep in… Read More »

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Can I Go to Jail for Failing to Pay Alimony?

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Once a judge enters a final decree to dissolve a marriage, its terms are legally binding on both parties. To put it another way, you are required to obey the terms of your divorce judgment. If the judgment states you will pay a certain amount of alimony each month to your former spouse, for… Read More »

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How Do Florida Courts Decide When to Award Periodic or Durational Alimony?

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There are a number of things a Florida court takes into account when deciding whether and how to award alimony in a divorce case. Florida law actually provides for several different categories of alimony. For example, a judge may award periodic permanent alimony–which requires one spouse to pay the other a monthly sum for… Read More »

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How Long Does “Permanent” Alimony Last in Florida?

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In some cases, a court decides to award “durational alimony,” which continues for a specified period of time. In other cases, a judge determines that an award of “permanent alimony” is more appropriate. Despite the name, permanent does not necessarily mean in perpetuity. Rather, Florida law states that by default, an award of permanent… Read More »

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Can a Florida Judge Award More Alimony Than a Spouse Requested?

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A Florida court may award alimony in a divorce case when the judge makes a “specific factual determination” that a spouse “has an actual need.” There are a number of individual factors the court may consider in making this determination, including how long the parties were married, the relative financial resources of each spouse…. Read More »

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What You Can Do to Offset the Effects of the New Alimony Tax Law

By WiseLieberman, PLLC |

Traditionally, alimony has been tax deductible for the paying spouse and taxable for the recipient spouse. UBecause of this tax deduction, the obligor spouse was able to pay more in spousal support  because it was tax deduction. However, as of January 1, 2019,this tax deduction is no longer. Now, alimony is not taxable or… Read More »

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