If you are getting divorced, one of the last things you probably want to do is hand over any more money to your ex than you absolutely have to. This is why it can be so upsetting to have to pay spousal support, or alimony.
Florida celebrity watchers may be interested to learn that reality star Tiny filed for divorce from her rapper husband T.I. She allegedly filed for divorce in December 2016 after claiming that the family was "irretrievably broken".
Florida residents may be interested to hear about the case of former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem. He currently risks facing contempt charges over his failure to pay what now allegedly totals nearly $400,000. His case brings to light the very real possibility of fines and jail time that anyone who fails to pay child support may face.
Florida residents who are considering entering into a prenuptial agreement may be interested in knowing that in some situations, it could be preempted by the requirements of federal documents. In a decision handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on June 8, it was determined that neither a divorce judgement nor a premarital agreement may terminate an affidavit of support when immigration documents mandate that a sponsor must provide support to a former spouse.
If you are preparing to divorce in Florida, you may need to resolve issues concerning spousal support or alimony. There are several different types of alimony that might be ordered in your case, depending on how long you have been married and how much your income differs from that of your spouse.
Changes might be coming regarding alimony payments in Florida, if proposed bills pass both the House and Senate. The proposed changes, however, faced opposition last year and did not pass, due to an equal parenting time clause. The House might be voting first on the updated bill and it would then go to the Senate.
Earlier his month, our blog began exploring the process by which alimony is awarded here in Florida in order to shed some light on what is arguably one of the thornier issues to arise during a divorce.
On January 12th, 2016, the Florida State Legislature heard a reading of HB 455, seeking changes to the way judges calculate the terms and conditions of alimony in a divorce proceeding. The bill is sponsored by Republican State Representative Colleen Burton of Lakeland. The Florida Legislature has unsuccessfully tried twice in the past three years to modify Florida's existing laws regarding spousal maintenance. Perhaps this time will be different.
When it comes to the 2016 legislative session, political experts are already predicting that one of the hot-button issues that state lawmakers will more than likely be debating in Tallahassee over the coming months is alimony reform.