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Some Alimony Basics In Port St. Lucie

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Believe it or not, New Year’s Day 2019 is just around the corner. On that day, a radical new tax law change goes into effect. Alimony payments will no longer be tax-reportable to obligees and tax-deductible for obligors. Opinions are divided as to whether this change will help or hurt women. Since about 2015,… Read More »

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Alimony In Florida: A Primer

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The ancient Code of Hammurabi may have contained the world’s first alimony law. In Section 137, the Code stated that once a divorced man had given his former spouse “her dowry, and a part of the usufruct of field, garden, and property,” she would then be truly free to marry “the man of her… Read More »

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Will A New Alimony Rule Cause Florida Divorce Rates To Spike?

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Some of the most prominent family law attorneys in the state say yes. The tax law changes on  January 1, 2019, and any divorces finalized before then will remain subject to the old law. Currently, spousal support payments are deductible for the obligor (spouse paying the support). The obligee (person receiving alimony) must report… Read More »

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The Status Of Alimony Law In Florida

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Since the 1940s, the alimony tax rules have been one of the few constants in Florida divorce cases. Under existing guidelines, spousal support payments are tax-deductible and obligee spouses must report these payments as income. At the end of 2018, both these rules change. Alimony payments will no longer be tax-deductible and recipients will… Read More »

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Some Spousal Support Basics In Florida

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

The wave of alimony reform that swept over a number of other states in the early and mid-2010s never came ashore in the Sunshine State. Governor Rick Scott vetoed two alimony reform bills during this period, even though reformers charged that Florida’s laws on the subject were “outdated” and “not equitable.” Types of Spousal… Read More »

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Some Family Law Modification Basics In Florida

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Most people need to adjust their divorce orders at least once every four years, largely because job changes are so frequent. In fact, most people go through about a dozen job changes during their adult lives. Since almost all these changes involve a salary adjustment, it’s often necessary to adjust child and spousal support… Read More »

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How The Judge Determines Alimony In Florida

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Spousal support is not automatic in a Port St. Lucie divorce, but most judges grant at least some alimony in the vast majority of Treasure Coast marriage dissolution cases. Before making such a move, the judge essentially considers the obligor’s ability to pay and the obligee’s economic need. As these items vary significantly among… Read More »

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Alimony In Florida: A Primer

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

In the spring of 2016, it appeared that Florida lawmakers were poised to significantly reform spousal support laws in the Sunshine State. However, a last-minute change caused Governor Rick Scott to veto the measure, and after four failures in four years, alimony reformers were unable to muster the strength to challenge the law yet… Read More »

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Spousal Support In Florida: A Primer

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Little has been heard about alimony reform in the Sunshine State since lawmakers pronounced the most recent bill dead in March 2017. Governor Rick Scott vetoed the first reform measure on a technicality, and a last minute add-on led to the demise of the 2016 bill after the Florida Bar Association withdrew its support…. Read More »

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RIP Florida Alimony Reform

By Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. |

Florida lawmakers will not consider another spousal support overhaul measure this session, even though reform advocates and the Florida Bar Association submitted a joint proposal to the Senate Children, Families, and Elders Committee. Committee Chair Rene Garcia (R-Hialeah) said the body would not consider the proposal because lawmakers have “more pressing issues” to deal… Read More »

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