Alimony & Child Support

Alimony

Alimony can be a necessary part of any divorce case. It is the mechanism by which a spouse with greater financial resources can be ordered to support a former spouse until he or she is able to establish the means to support him or herself after marriage. Under Florida law, alimony can be granted to a spouse as bridge the gap, rehabilitative, durational, lump sum or permanent. These types of alimony are intended for different purposes and are in large part based on whether the marriage is one of short term that lasted fewer than seven years, moderate term that lasted between seven and 17 years or long term that lasted more than 17 years.

Our attorneys are experienced with Florida’s alimony laws.

Child Support

In Florida, both parents, whether married or not, are obligated to support their children. Florida follows a child support model that takes into account the incomes of the parties, the timesharing each spends with their children and the amount of allowable deductions from the gross income to determine a child support amount.

Child support guidelines must be submitted in every divorce case and paternity case involving children. When child support is an issue in a divorce case, parents are required to file and exchange Financial Affidavits, verify individual income and expenses and complete a child support guidelines worksheet.

Our attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable in determining the child support that will likely be ordered in your case.

Mediation

During a divorce an agreement can be made at any time during the course of the litigation. However, something to keep in mind is that all divorce cases must go to mediation before going to a court for resolution through a trial.

Mediation is a process of negotiation with the use of a neutral third party mediator. This is a chance for both parties to reach an agreement, without entering a courtroom before a Judge. Resolving cases through the mediation process often results in less animosity being directed by one party towards the other which also benefits each party’s relationships with the children.

Our attorneys have to not only be skilled in the courtroom they have to be good negotiators. As the majority of cases are settled at mediation, being skilled in this area is as important as being able to try a case in front of a Judge.

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