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The big reason women are paying alimony more often

It used to be that alimony was almost exclusively paid to women after divorce. Their husbands were forced to pay for a variety of reasons, one of which is that women did not have the same ability to support themselves financially. They depended on the marriage for that support. Therefore, it seemed unfair to cut them off suddenly, making the divorce have a far more drastic negative impact on ex-wives than it did on ex-husbands.

Which factors determine spousal support in Florida?

Spousal support may vary significantly from case to case, depending on the specifics of each spouse's circumstances, both individually and as a couple. In Florida, courts may consider a variety of factors before awarding support, beyond considering other aspects of divorce, such as property division or child support. Each of these are interconnected, and increases or decreases in one area often inversely affect the others.

Alimony deductions removed under new tax law

Few things dominated the news in the last months of 2017 like the overhaul of the tax code undertaken by congress. While many individuals on all sides support or object to various parts of the new tax system, all tax-paying individuals in the country must now contend with the law and the implications it has for tax returns in 2018 and beyond.

Keep careful records of alimony payments

If you pay alimony or anticipate ongoing alimony factoring into your divorce, then you want to make sure that you keep proper documentation of your payments, as well as a number of other documents and types of information. By maintaining good records, you can avoid unnecessary conflicts with your ex-spouse and make the most of any tax benefits.

Do you have options when your ex won't pay alimony?

If you and your former spouse cannot seem to agree on spousal support issues, or if you believe that your former spouse is not delivering on his or her spousal support obligations, it can prove very, very frustrating. Many spouses who are owed support feel trapped without many options to compel their ex to pay the alimony they need to rebuild their life and move on.

How is the amount of alimony calculated?

When you hear "divorce," the first thing most people think of is "alimony." Alimony, or spousal support, is designed to support the lower-earning spouse after a divorce: the higher-earning partner provides money to the lower-earning partner so that they will receive a fair income until they are able to support themselves. This could be for several reasons: one partner may have spent more time taking care of the family rather than career-building, or the lower-earning partner might be unable to maintain their standard of living after divorce without support.

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.