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Spousal maintenance is important for lesser-earning spouses

You know that alimony is something some people pay to their exes following a divorce, but what is it? Does it have any importance in your case? Spousal support is an important payment that is paid to a divorcing spouse who earns less than the other. The payment is intended to help the individual as he or she starts a new, independent life following divorce.

Permanent alimony could come to an end in Florida

Florida's lawmakers have talked about changing alimony laws for a significant amount of time, but not much has happened. Now, there is an alimony bill that the governor could potentially sign. The new alimony bill would replace laws that designed alimony for times when women were unlikely to get divorced and had little economic power.

Men: Here's a few tips for handling your finances during divorce

Men who are going through a divorce might think they're biased against in court, but fortunately, that's not the case. There are many things you can do to help make this divorce go smoothly and work out in your favor. Yes, divorce is a challenge and it can be complicated for everyone involved, but there are steps you can take to make sure you're prepared.

Is alimony still necessary?

Is alimony necessary? Do people in this day and age really need assistance after a divorce? The short answer is yes, and there are several reasons for that.

Florida could be changing alimony laws again

The State of Florida may be looking into alimony reform again in 2017, according to news from Dec. 22. Permanent alimony has been a contentious topic for some time, and it's not soon going to go away. The legislature did pass an alimony reform bill in 2016, but when a second round appeared before the governor, he vetoed them.

How adultery can affect you even after a separation

When you're ready to file for divorce, you might be considering moving on with another person. Even if both you and your spouse agree to a divorce, it may be a better idea to wait to become sexually involved with another person until your divorce is finalized. Why? You could be accused of adultery. If you were planning on filing adultery claims against your spouse, becoming intimate with another person can even cancel out that claim.

What determines the amount and length of alimony payments?

Alimony isn't always awarded in divorces. However, when it is, it's to help bridge the gap between the couple's respective pay gaps and living arrangements. Bridge-the-gap awards generally do not last longer than two years. It can also be awarded as rehabilitative compensation, which is there to support the person receiving it until they can work and support themselves. Durational alimony lasts a specified amount of time. Permanent alimony generally lasts a lifetime or until a person remarries.

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