DIVORCE – LEGAL SEPARATION

In Florida, divorces and legal separations are governed by Chapter 61 of the Florida Statutes.  Florida law provides an opportunity for the spouse to obtain attorneys’ fees from the other spouse to ensure that both parties have an “equal playing” field.  This is important for those spouses who have unequal earning capacity and allows both parties to seek competent counsel to protect their rights.


Distribution of Assets and Liabilities:

Divorce statutes also require that both parties equally share the assets and liabilities acquired during the marriage.  This includes retirement funds, pensions and even military retirement for those that have served.  In order to ensure that each spouse is dealt with fairly, the law requires complete disclosure of all financial accounts, tax returns, wage statements and other key financial information so that the assets and liabilities are equally divided.  Obviously, there are various rules governing the division of certain assets and liabilities, such as personal injury awards, disability and inheritance for example, so it is important that our attorneys’ consult with you about those matters in advance of any settlement or trial.

 

Child Support and Visitation:

Florida Law recently adopted what is known as the Parenting Plan, which covers all child-related matters from child support, health insurance, time sharing, custody and child-rearing issues.  For example, Florida applies Uniform Child Support Guidelines to calculate the child support to be paid for the children.  These guidelines are based on the total net earnings of both spouses and the amount of time each parent has with the children, the costs of health insurance, day care and other statutorily defined expenses.  Child support is not taxable income to the recipient nor tax-deductible to the paying parent.  It is important; therefore, for an experienced lawyer to understand how to read tax returns, the implications of the head of household exemptions, earned income credits and other issues that effect the net earnings and deductions so that the child-support is properly calculated.  After all, it is children’s care and welfare for which we are all concerned.


Alimony and Spousal Support:

New changes are coming to the alimony statutes as well, with caps on the amount of alimony, who is entitled to recover and for how long. This legislation is ever evolving and The Jordan Law Group provides legal alerts in its Blogs to ensure that their clients are aware of changes.  The most recent change has been to terminate alimony if a party is engaged in a significant supportive relationship.  Meaning if a former spouse is living with another person and acting married but does not tie the knot, the paying spouse can seek to have his/her alimony payments terminated.  Again, these issues are very complex and require a thorough understanding of the law and also how the local courts apply those statutes to your case.

 

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