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Understanding alimony: Age, health and alimony awards


When determining whether an alimony isappropriate and, if so, the exact form it should take in terms of amount and duration, the court has one primary goal : to ensure that both parties in a marriage will be able to support themselves after their union is dissolved. As such, every determining factor that this blog has referenced, including individually held assets and education level, is reviewed as a means to gauge how well each party... Continue Reading...

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...