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Alimony, Spousal Support, & Child Support

There is no question that divorce brings up feelings of uncertainty regarding your future, and the future of your children. One of the main issues related to divorce is the handling of support. There are several different types of support, such as alimony, spousal support, and child support.

What is Alimony?

Alimony is the payment from one spouse to another that is intended to place them on similar financial footing, or to help provide them with a reasonable opportunity to be self-supporting. Spousal support can be temporary or permanent, and has multiple payout options. Alimony reform is a hot topic in Florida, and changes to the way it is managed are most likely on the horizon. Speaking with your lawyer is the best way to get information about what you can expect in regards to spousal support.

What is Child Support?

Child Support is typically a monthly payment made by a parent for support of a minor child. When the topic of divorce arises, how the children involved in the relationship will be supported is one of the main areas of focus. In the state of Florida, child support is determined based on an “income shares model” which means that the financial status of the couple, and the amount of money they would spend on the child were they not getting a divorce, is the main basis for calculating support. The custody arrangements you agree on can also impact the level of support you are responsible for, and it will ultimately be decided by a judge.

What Type of Support Will I Be Responsible For?

The support that you may be responsible for, or eligible to receive, can be determined by talking to a qualified Family Lawyer. A good attorney will help you assess your financial situation, and create a plan for how you will handle the changes that life is bringing. By being open and honest with an attorney that cares, like Mr. Emerson, you can expect to get the best possible results. Our main goal is to help you create a plan that will help you navigate these difficult times with more confidence about what your future holds for you and your children.

Looking for information on child support, spousal support, or alimony modification? Contact us now to schedule your Free Consultation!