Of all the issues that arise during a divorce in Florida, alimony can be the most complicated. For one thing, judges do not have clear guidelines to follow. The net effect is that three judges can hear the exact same case and hand down wildly varying results. If you are a woman or man seeking alimony, it can be disheartening to have no idea what result to expect.
Finances are often one of the top things people may think or worry about during a divorce. If you earned a lower wage than your spouse, or were not working during the marriage, you may be eligible to receive alimony, also known as spousal support.
We’ve talked about it time and time again – there’s a large push in our state for various changes in divorce law. No matter what area of law we are talking about, laws are constantly changing and new cases set a precedent for cases in the future. While someone who is working on completing a divorce without the help of a lawyer may think they know everything there is to know about divorce law, that may not be the case as things are constantly changing when it comes to family law in the state of Florida.
Florida couples who divorce may find themselves facing various situations that seem difficult to resolve without legal intervention. Some of the most commonly addressed issues include alimony, child custody and property division. There are times when things can become quite complicated, given the intensely personal nature of these topics.
Alimony serves a great purpose after divorce, but it can also be a very frustrating issue for both individuals. On the one hand, a spouse who was a stay-at-home parent may end up not being able to get back into the workforce after divorce. That individual understandably needs support in order to stay financially afloat. On the other hand, the individual paying the alimony does not want to have to support his or her ex-spouse for the rest of his or her life. This push and pull becomes a very contentious issue.
In our last post we discussed a new alimony reform bill that's making headlines in Florida. Although two years ago a different reform bill was vetoed, some think the new bill may actually have legs. A lawyer who helped craft the bill says the measure seeks balance and calls it a "compromise." The lawyer represents the Florida Bar Family Section - a group that actually fought the previous proposal.
Alimony reform has been a hot-button issue in our state for the last several years and that trend is unlikely to change perhaps until a change is made. Two years ago Gov. Rick Scott vetoed an alimony reform bill that would have brought significant changes, which would have been applied from that point on as well as retroactively. The retroactive portion of the bill may have been a large sticking point for many.
When it comes to divorce, there is a never-ending list of reasons why a couple might decide to split. It could be that they slowly drifted apart or that financial stressors got the best of them. One very prominent reason that leads many to seek divorce is infidelity. Not only can infidelity be heartbreaking in a relationship due to the loss of trust, but it can also lead to a very tumultuous divorce. The spouse that got cheated on may feel as though he or she wants to get back at the cheating spouse and therefore tries to battle it out in court. So it makes sense that a lot of people wonder whether or not infidelity can really play a part in divorce proceedings.
Divorce can seem like a long road – longer than just the actual process and paperwork. It’s a buildup of, in many cases, years of emotions and a lot of back and forth when it comes to actually making the final decision. After that, Florida residents invest time in the actual process of deciding issues such as alimony, child support and custody and property division. When it is all said and done, some are able to breathe a sigh of relief. Some come out of it satisfied, that is, until their circumstances change.