When a family goes through divorce, the court examines the spouses’ incomes, along with other relevant factors and legal requirements, to determine appropriate transfer of money between them after the marriage in the form of child support or alimony. But what happens when a spouse voluntarily chooses not to work or takes a job that pays far less than what they could earn given their qualifications, artificially deflating what they could pay for support?
As the state of Florida slowly opens, the 17th Judicial Circuit Courts in Broward County will open with limited services provided by the Clerk of Courts on June 1, but courtrooms remain physically closed to the public. As of this May 27 writing, Broward County courts are still operating using remote teleconferencing, including family law matters like modification of alimony. Floridians bringing or responding to petitions to modify alimony may participate in any related hearings via remote attendance.
Options available to Florida alimony payors in times of financial uncertainty and unrest
Imputing income based on continuous and regular gifts from parents
Postjudgment downward alimony modifications in Florida
Obligations of financial support for ex-spouses of sponsored legal residents
Exploring the new provisions of the Tax Code regarding the coming nondeductibility of alimony
Given Florida’s popularity as a retirement destination, the issue commonly comes up about how to structure alimony when divorcing parties are nearing retirement age. This is a multifaceted question of some complexity.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has many controversial provisions, but one will have significant impact on many divorcing couples. The new tax law makes an unexpected change to a tax arrangement that has been central to American divorces for three-quarters of a century.
The concept of "men's rights" in marital law stems from the apparent historical preference of family courts to grant mothers custody rights over the children, relegating fathers to holidays and weekends.