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Will you have to pay manimony when you divorce?

If you have never run across the word “manimony” before, be advised that this is the new nickname for the spousal support payments that an ex-wife pays to an ex-husband after a divorce. It could impact your life if you and your husband obtain a Florida divorce and you earn more than he does.

Can your ex cohabitate with another and still receive alimony?

You may understand the court's decision to award your ex-spouse alimony following your divorce in Sarasota, especially if you were the primary wage-earner during your marriage. Helping out financially until they are able to support themselves may be no problem; what could frustrate you, however, is them purposely trying to prolong you having to pay alimony. In such a case, your payments go from being a needed means of support to almost a form of punishment. 

Social media as evidence during a divorce

Americans cannot seem to distance themselves from social media, whether they are posting a selfie while attending a concert or tweeting a status update regarding a special moment in their lives. Many people do not realize, however, that certain social media posts can be used as evidence for or against them in a divorce case.

Are there different types of alimony?

If you are going through a divorce in Florida, you may be eligible to receive alimony as a source of financial assistance. Alimony is designed to help you get back on your feet, provide a consistent quality of life and assist you with medical bills and other expenses after the divorce is finalized. In Florida, there are six types of alimony, including bridge the gap, lump sum, durational, temporary, rehabilitative and permanent periodic.

Factors to consider in a high-asset divorce

While any type of divorce can be potentially complicated and overwhelming, high-asset divorces can be especially daunting. Not only are there often high stakes involved, but some cases may be very complex, making it hard to reach a settlement. It is important for people in Florida who are going through a divorce to understand the process to ensure they get everything they are entitled to when the divorce is finalized.

Is your spouse hiding marital assets?

When you file for divorce, you and your spouse are required to disclose all of your property and assets. This marital property is then divided in a way that the judge presiding over the case deems fair and equitable. There are some instances, however, where one spouse attempts to hide some of the property or assets so that it does not have to be divided and can remain in the sole possession of one person. This type of asset hiding occurs more often than you may think. It is crucial that you understand how to keep an eye out for these types of behaviors, so you can ensure you receive everything that you are entitled to in the divorce settlement.

Understanding the different types of alimony

When people in Florida file for divorce, they may be entitled to alimony payments from their former spouse. While there are some types of alimony that are temporary in nature, others are long-term. The judge presiding over the case will look at the circumstances involved in the divorce case and determine which type of alimony best fits the situation. Before going into divorce, people should know what types of alimony are available so they can ensure they get the support they are entitled to in the divorce settlement.

When should people file for a divorce modification?

If you have terminated your marriage in Florida, you more than likely have a settlement that explains the terms of the divorce. Divorce settlements involve factors, such as child support and alimony. Although the terms included in the divorce settlement are set and may be enforced by law, there are circumstances that may allow the settlement to be modified. According to Florida Statutes, if one of the parties experiences a significant life change, it may constitute a settlement modification.

What is gray divorce?

If you are married, over the age of 50 and are considering legal separation or divorce, you may become part of the trend known as ‘gray divorce.’ The number of people who have filed for divorce later on in life has grown considerably over time, leaving some researchers to look at why older Americans have decided to terminate their marriage after decades of being together. A study conducted by researchers at Bowling Green State University have found that while one in 10 people over the age of 50 filed for divorce in 1990, one in four people of this age divorced in 2009. That number is predicted to grow to over 800,000 gray divorces by the year 2030.

How is property divided in Florida?

When you file for divorce or legal separation in Florida, you may be forced to negotiate a wide-range of topics with your spouse. One of the most difficult may be that of property division. It can be hard separating all of the marital property and assets that you have accumulated during the time you were married. Florida is an equitable distribution of property state, meaning that the judge presiding over the case will determine who is entitled to what based on what he or she deems fair and equitable. You may want to try to negotiate the terms of the divorce settlement before the case is given to a judge.

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