Fort Lauderdale, FL- Florida lawmakers are considering making changes to the state’s divorce laws. One of which would award equal time to parents in child custody cases and the other would change the way alimony is determined.
Bills introduced to address alimony would end lifetime, rehabilitative and durational alimony replacing it with one type, post-dissolution alimony. One of the bills will create a formula judges will use to determine a range of awards for alimony recipients, the Herald-Tribune reports. Larger awards would be given to marriage lasting 20 years or more and prohibiting alimony for marriages lasting less than two years.
Another bill being discussed would change child custody arrangements, giving each parent equal time with their children. Judges would be allowed to modify custody arrangements based on 22 factors like a child’s preference, each parent’s preference and a child’s school activities, the Herald-Tribune reports. if passed, the legislation would create the legal presumption that each parent should be awarded equal time to each parent.
Both bills have a good chance of passing the Herald Tribune reports.
If you are getting a divorce, USAttorneys recommends you speak with a divorce lawyer in Fort Lauderdale to talk discuss if you are eligible for alimony or child custody.
Alimony is typically awarded to a spouse of lesser means for the contributions they made to the family and household. Alimony ensures a spouse is not living below the means they are accustomed to because of their marriage and can be awarded in one lump sum or paid monthly.
In some cases, one spouse can be awarded spousal support instead of alimony. Spousal support can be paid to a spouse after they have been separated before they settle their divorce. Spousal support can be awarded whether a couple has children or not and is intended to provide financial support to offset the money issues a lesser earning spouse may encounter.
When it comes to alimony, spousal support and child custody, some factors are taken into consideration. Such factors include the needs of both spouses and their children, each spouse’s obligations, duration of their marriage and the factors that led to the breakdown of their marriage. If you get want to receive a fair divorce settlement or child custody arrangement, USAttorneys recommends you speak with a divorce lawyer immediately.
There are some things that are considered when trying to determine the amount of alimony and spousal support a spouse will be awarded. Those factors can include the needs, obligations, and resources of both parents, duration of the marriage, reasons for a marital breakdown, and each spouses’ earning abilities. Receiving a fair amount of alimony or spousal support, depends on whether a divorcing party has enlisted the services of an accomplished divorce attorney to argue on their behalf.
If you and your spouse are getting a divorce in South Florida and need help with issues of alimony or child custody, we recommend you contact the law offices of King Lindsey, P.A. You can contact their office at (954) 867-6518 and arrange a time to discuss your case.