SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY) & CHILD SUPPORT
Alimony is considered appropriate when a spouse is unable to meet daily financial necessities resulting from separation or divorce. Alimony is determined on a case-by-case basis. When in controversy or dispute, it must first be determined that there is in fact a need for alimony to be paid to one party, as well as the ability of the other party to pay the requested alimony. Subsequently, the Court will consider a set of factors for the determination of an amount and duration of alimony payments.
There are several types of alimony awarded within the State of Florida. Such types, range from temporary, bridge the gap, durational, rehabilitative, and permanent alimony, to name a few.
Alimony can be a matter of survival for a spouse requiring the income that is halted by a drawn-out legal dispute. A thorough understanding of the various factors or considerations for an alimony award is crucial towards a positive outcome when the issue of alimony is in dispute. Communicating these factors compassionately and professionally is where our Firm can assist you.
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The separation of a child’s parents is daunting enough but a greater challenge in the face of moving forward without a source fundamental to the household’s economic stability. Under chapter 61.30, the legal obligation of maintaining a child’s care, maintenance, training and education is a responsibility separate and apart from the status of the relationship of the parents. Therefore, when a child’s parent has separated from the household, a legal obligation to pay for the child's needs manifests in the form of child support.
The amount of child support that may be paid to benefit a child’s upbringing will depend on a comparison of both parent’s income and the number of overnights per year that the child enjoys with each parent. A cacluation of child support is very different should parents retain equal timesharing than if the parents do not. Under Florida law in order for child support to be calculated, one must first arrive at a combined net monthly income of the parents.
The compbined net monthly income would then be applied against a chart known under Florida Law as a child support guidelines. Under Florida guidelines, the amount of child support that is required at any given level of combined net monthly income is also based upon the number of children involved in either the marriage or the relationship.
The amount of child support that’s paid is not only dependent upon net monthly income of each of the parents, but it is also depended upon the actual number of overnights that each parent spends with his or her child or children. The more overnights a parent enjoys with a child, the less amount of support that will be due.
Unless both parents make exactly the same amount of income, when a child spends equal overnights with both parents, no child support would be paid from one parent to the other.
When one parent makes more than the other parent, even if the parties have equal time-sharing there will be some type of child support that will be due.
These steps and procedures may appear unclear in a time of uncertainty for your family. Rest assured that our experienced team of attorneys will offer clarity and specific figures to assist your newly formed family achieve future financial stability.