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Alimony/Spousal Support Archives

Men as alimony recipients

If you and your spouse in Florida have decided to get a divorce, you must begin the process of figuring out the terms of your split. Even in the most amicable of divorces, things are rarely simple when it comes time to divvy up personal belongings and financial assets. Things can get even tougher as you begin to look at your future income and what lifestyle you may or may not be able to maintain with your post post-divorce financial picture.

Potential alternatives to alimony

If you and your spouse in Florida are considering or have decided that it is time to end your marriage, you might have a lot of questions about what type of agreements you will have to make. For marriages that have lasted many years, it is not uncommon for one spouse to pay the other person alimony for some period of time after the divorce is final. However, the new tax code that went into full effect this year may not make that your best bet.

Divorcing in 2019? Know these new tax laws

The number of couples going through divorces tends to rise at the beginning of each year. If you are among the many Florida residents who plan to divorce your significant other in the year to come, it is important to understand how doing so might impact your taxes. At the Law Office of Cheryl A. Bucker, P.A., we understand that divorce always has tax implications, but that new tax laws that took effect in 2019 may mean even more changes in the manner in which you file your taxes after a divorce.

Identifying the different types of alimony

When people are married for a significant amount of time, they often become financially dependent on one another. If one person worked and made money to support the family, the other person may be out of luck when it comes to supporting themselves once the couple separates. Alimony is designed to help the financially dependent party get back on their feet or live after their financial provider is no longer available. There are four different types of alimony available to divorcees in Florida, including permanent, durational, bridge-the-gap, or rehabilitative.

Will you have to pay manimony when you divorce?

As a well-paid married female Florida business professional, you may discover that your high earning capacity leaves you open to the possibility of paying manimony should you and your husband divorce. What is manimony? As reported by, that is the nickname given to the relatively new phenomenon of court-awarded spousal support payments made by an ex-wife to her ex-husband.

Can you modify alimony in Florida?

It is not uncommon for individuals’ financial circumstances to drastically change post-divorce, and for the support obligations ordered at the time of divorce to become unreasonable. If the court handed you a support order five, 10 or 20 years ago that you can no longer keep up with, you may wonder if you can modify the order and, if so, how. Fortunately, the law is on your side.

How does spousal support work in Florida?

Divorcing couples looking to determine what their post-marriage lives will look like are often concerned about how their assets will be divided and how much money will be left for them. The question of spousal support comes to mind, particularly in a high-asset divorce.

When one spouse wants to fight, but the other can’t afford it

Spouses may share resources in marriage, but they might not stay on a level playing field once the relationship turns sour. Such is often the case for couples that have widely differing incomes and for stay-at-home parents.

How does Florida law balance alimony?

While thinking about spousal support, many people worry about the amount of money that they may have to pay or receive. If a spouse must pay too much, divorce could destroy their financial health. If a spouse must receive too little, they would also suffer as bills pile up. How does the state determine the right amount?

New tax law could make Florida divorces more hostile in 2018

In the last few days of 2017, President Trump signed the tax reform bill into law. Florida residents are still trying to figure out exactly what the changes will do to their finances. If you are getting a divorce, however, you probably have extra concerns about this new policy.