Alimony is considered appropriate when a spouse is unable to meet daily financial necessities resulting from separation or divorce. Alimony is determined on a case-by-case basis. When in controversy or dispute, it must first be determined that there is in fact a need for alimony to be paid to one party, as well as the ability of the other party to pay the requested alimony. Subsequently, the Court will consider a set of factors for the determination of the amount and duration of alimony payments.
There are several types of alimony awarded within the State of Florida. Such types, range from temporary, bridge the gap, durational, and rehabilitative alimony, to name a few.
Alimony can be a matter of survival for a spouse requiring income that is halted by a drawn-out legal dispute. A thorough understanding of the various factors or considerations for an alimony award is crucial for a positive outcome when the issue of alimony is in dispute. Communicating these factors compassionately & professionally is where we come in and our Firm can assist you best.
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The separation of a child’s parents is daunting enough but a greater challenge is facing having to move forward without a source fundamental to the household’s economic stability. Under Chapter 61.30, the legal obligation of maintaining a child’s care, maintenance, training, and education is a responsibility separate and apart from the status of the relationship of the co-parents. Therefore, when a child’s parent has separated from the household, a legal obligation to pay for the child's needs manifests in the form of child support.
The amount of child support that may be paid to benefit a child’s upbringing will depend on a comparison of both parents’ income and the number of overnights per year that the child enjoys with each parent. A calculation of child support is very different should co-parents retain equal timesharing than if the parents do not. Under Florida law in order for child support to be calculated, one must first arrive at a combined net monthly income of the parents.
The combined net monthly income is then be applied against a chart known under Florida Law as a child support guidelines. Under Florida guidelines, the amount of child support that is required at any given level of combined net monthly income is also based upon the number of children involved in either the marriage or the parental relationship.
The amount of child support that’s paid is not only dependent upon net monthly income of each of the parents, but it is also dependent upon the actual number of overnights that each co-parent spends with his or her child(ren). The more overnights a co-parent enjoys with a child, the less amount of support that will be due generally speaking. Surprisingly, an opposite outcome may result in some cases.
Unless both co-parents make exactly the same amount of income, when a child spends equal overnights with both parents, child support will be payable from one parent to the other. Also, when one parent makes more than the other parent, even if the parties have equal time-sharing there will be some type of child support that will be due, generally speaking. Although, an opposite outcome may result in some cases and will depend on a case-by-case basis. This is where our experienced child support team can assist.
These steps and procedures may appear unclear in a time of uncertainty for your family. Rest assured that our experienced team of attorneys will offer clarity. You will always have specific figures to assist your newly formed family structure in achieving future financial stability.
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