Many Floridians are concerned for their financial future after a divorce. In the case of many dependent spouses, alimony can be a vital lifeline to spouses looking to get their lives together as independent people. Regardless of the effects of divorce, no one should go through it without support.
The face of alimony is about to change around the country, and it will affect thousands of Floridians. Alimony in 2019 will not be tax deductible for the person paying it, and it will not be taxable income for the person receiving it. This is a complete switch from the way things have been for decades.
Many people who have been through one or two can tell you that divorce is one of the most stressful events in life. This may be true but one of the hardest parts of the process may be the separation before the divorce, especially if it is long term. Fortunately, Florida law allows for spousal support even before a divorce.
Divorce is hard enough without having to figure out how you are going to rebuild your life. Alimony plays a big part in letting spouses have confidence in the future directly after divorce or separation. Florida has updated its alimony laws, and anyone facing divorce should be aware of them.
No one begins a relationship thinking of how it may end. As a result, many people may feel unprepared or lost if the time has come to separate and file for divorce.
Many marriages fail because there is a lack of trust between the parties. If you're getting a divorce, you may want to avoid litigation and hope that mediation will help. Keep in mind that trust, the thing your marriage may have lacked, is necessary for mediation to work.
After your divorce, you decide to stop renting and buy a house. You and your ex sold your house during the divorce, and you spent a year just renting an apartment while you got everything in order.
You make more money than your ex-spouse. As such, you were ordered to pay alimony when the two of you got divorced. You pay $2,500 per month.
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.
Permanent alimony has been a hot topic in Florida over the past few years. Some are staunchly opposed to the entire concept, while others think it is the only fair solution.