Most people think of alimony as the monthly payment of money from a person to their former spouse. While this is how some alimony arrangements work, alimony can look very different based on the needs of the involved parties. This post will discuss some of the forms that alimony can take on in Florida; however, it does not offer legal advice but provides information about alimony options in Florida. The facts and circumstances of different divorce cases will greatly impact if alimony is awarded and what form it will take on.
A Tampa resident may resolve to live a happier life once the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve. They may make plans to increase the joy that they experience each day, and these plans may involve making small and big changes to the way they approach life. For some, living a happier life may mean slowing down to appreciate what they have. For others, it may mean altering the fundamental relationships that they have with others, putting themselves in a more positive space for living.
Child custody disputes can be intense. While some parents are able to put their differences aside and make good choices about the health and welfare of their shared children, others cannot get past their disagreements with their former partners and, instead, take actions that may be detrimental to their kids. Parents in Florida can be accused of abducting their own children if their actions violate the custody and visitation agreements and orders that govern their family relations.
Child support is an important obligation that exists between a parent and their child. In Florida, a parent may be required to pay child support if they do not have physical custody of their child. As has been discussed previously on this blog, physical custody concerns where a child lives and which parent is responsible for the child's day-to-day needs.
Parents who are going through a divorce may not understand the difficult and sometimes confusing laws that apply to the custody of children. They may, for example, be somewhat familiar with the idea of physical custody and the need for separated or divorced parents to split their kids' time between their different households. However, they may not have a full appreciation for the importance of legal custody and the important rights in bestows on parents.
Alimony is a legal obligation that can bind two people even after their divorce has been finalized. The duration of time that an alimony obligation will last in Florida will depend upon the type of alimony that is awarded by a couple's divorce court. Some forms of alimony have built-in timeframes and when they reach their stipulated ends the paying parties are freed from their obligations. Other forms of alimony, however, do not include these provisions.
Deciding how custody of children should be set in the wake of a divorce can be a difficult task for parents in Florida. However, state law encourages them to work together to meet their kids' best interests rather than relying on the court to sort out these important matters. When parents are able to establish time-sharing parameters that meet their children's needs they may have their findings approved by the courts hearing their divorce cases.
Couples who have children and who decide to end their marriages have the difficult task of finding ways to ease the transition of divorce upon their kids. One of the biggest issues that children of divorce must face is finding stability once their parents separate their single household into two. It is important to understand how child custody is addressed in Florida courts and what factors courts look at to decide where and how kids should live.
Divorce can be a stressful and emotional undertaking, but it does not always have to be an adversarial process. In Florida - a "no-fault" state in which wrongdoing need not be alleged by either party - remaining amicable can make the process smoother, quicker and easier to handle from a emotional/mental perspective. The first step to a good working relationship during divorce is maintaining open lines of communication.
Many states offer an alternative to divorce that is commonly known as "legal separation." Legal separation allows spouse to live apart but to not actually file for divorce. Where available, legal separation may be preferable to divorce for any number of reasons, ranging from health care coverage to income tax savings. Usually in a legal separation, the rights, duties and obligations of each spouse, as well as how property will be divided is laid out in a legal document.