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What justifies reducing spousal support?

Spousal support is calculated based on factors like your income and expenses at the time of your divorce, as well as your former spouse's needs. If some of these factors change after the divorce finalizes, a spousal support order may pose an undue burden on the paying spouse, or may become entirely unnecessary. If your circumstances or those of your ex-spouse have changed since your divorce finalized, then you may have grounds to modify your spousal support obligations.

Can I change my alimony payments?

When you get divorced, it is the end of your marriage, but if you receive an alimony order, you'll still have a court-ordered relationship of some kind with your ex. Alimony is a thorn in the side of many former spouses, but in some cases, it becomes not only frustrating but downright debilitating. If your circumstances change significantly, then you may no longer be able to fulfill your alimony obligations, which is perfectly reasonable. Fortunately, it is possible to modify an alimony order if you follow proper procedures.

Should I take lump sum alimony?

If you expect to receive spousal support after your divorce, you may want to consider pushing for a lump-sum payment rather than receiving ongoing payments from your former spouse. Lump sum alimony can be advantageous for both spouses in many ways, leading to a cleaner separation after the divorce finalizes and giving you greater opportunities for starting fresh on your own.

Are there different types of alimony?

If you and your spouse divorce, there are several types of alimony or spousal support that a judge may order, depending on the circumstances. While most people may assume that alimony is a single monolithic thing, there are actually five separate types of alimony that courts use in various situations.

Florida lawmakers eye alimony do-over

Florida lawmakers are gearing up to spar over one of their most perennially contentious issues — permanent alimony. Currently, bills are introduced to both the house and senate to re-examine the standards for determining permanent alimony, with very strong supporters on both sides of the issue. If the bills are successful, the guidelines for when to assign permanent alimony and how much one must pay will be tightened.

Florida alimony laws may finally change this year

For Floridians, one of the perennial issues that seems to come around every few legislative cycles is alimony — and 2017 is shaping up to be just such a cycle. Although alimony reforms featured prominently in 2016, and an alimony bill did make it through the legislature, it was vetoed at the Governor's desk and sent back to square one.

Will I have to pay alimony after a divorce?

This is one of the big questions that comes up when a couple is going through the divorce process. While there is no definitive answer, since each couple's case will be different, it's important to understand how alimony is decided and what factors are considered. The most common reason for alimony is when one spouse has much less employability than the other, usually because they were a stay-at-home parent or were unemployed for a long time.

Lifestyle Analysis can help depict a fair settlement in divorce

If you're in the beginning stages of a divorce, calculating your various assets can be a convoluted process, and one that could yield unsatisfactory results if completed haphazardly. You will be given a number of forms to fill out to declare the value of your various streams of income and liabilities, but often this information is not easy to parse through as a layperson. If you simply "guesstimate" values when completing these affidavits, you may end up shortchanging yourself in the settlement process. For those who wish for the best possible divorce settlement, it is wise to consider obtaining a Lifestyle Analysis.