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Understanding alimony: Standard of living


"Standard of living" is a legal term that refers to the lifestyle to which two parties become accustomed to over the course of their marriage, in terms of the luxuries, comforts and necessities they enjoyed within that time. Establishing standard of living is an important task for any Miami divorce lawyer, as it is one of the most heavily weighted determining factors that a court considers in an alimony judgment. Both parties who are seeking spousal... Continue Reading...

Understanding alimony: Permanent and durational awards


While some states have revised their family law statutes to exclude permanent alimony awards, Florida still recognizes and implements this long-term form of spousal support. However, adjustments made by the Florida legislature have added further qualifications for those who seek permanent alimony. The length of a marriage plays a substantial role in whether a party has a right to claim a permanent alimony award. Under current law, the court separates unions into three categories: short-term (less... Continue Reading...

Understanding alimony: Short-term awards


In many divorce cases, a judge may determine that a party has a clearly established need for continued monetary support, but only for a set period of time after a marriage is dissolved. Insituations where the length of the marriage, the assets of both parties or other relevant factors render a permanent alimony award inappropriate, a Miami divorce lawyer may seek a short-term form of support for their client. The two primary forms of short-term alimony... Continue Reading...
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