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The marital and family law attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin have represented over 500 individuals from teachers, nurses and police officers to high net worth executives, business owners, financial advisors, lawyers, doctors and professional athletes going through a divorce. Alimony and child support oftentimes play a significant role in divorce proceedings.

What is alimony?

Alimony is court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated. Alimony is determined based on a party’s ability to pay and the other party’s needs. The type of alimony that one party may receive is based on several factors, including but not limited to, the length of the marriage, the standard of living, financial resources, health, and employment of a spouse. Different types of alimony that the Court may award are permanent alimony, durational alimony, rehabilitative alimony, bridge the gap alimony, temporary alimony, and lump sum alimony.

Sean L. Collin and Nabeel K. Basit have extensive experience representing individuals in divorce and alimony related matters. Whether you are the spouse who may be ordered to pay alimony or the spouse that may receive alimony, our marital and family law attorneys have the knowledge and experience to achieve the best possible results for you.

Is the length of the marriage important?

The length of a party’s marriage can substantially increase one party’s likelihood of receiving and/or paying alimony. A marriage of one (1) to seven (7) years in duration is considered a short term marriage and there is no presumption in favor of permanent alimony. A marriage of seven (7) to seventeen (17) years in duration is considered a grey area marriage and there is no presumption in favor or against permanent alimony. A marriage of seventeen (17) years or more in duration is considered a long term marriage and there is a presumption that one party is entitled to permanent alimony.

If you have been the “financial breadwinner” for the family during the marriage you could be ordered to pay significant sums of money to your former spouse as a result. We will advocate a fair resolution, but not let you get “taken to the cleaners”. We will aggressively fight to ensure that the numbers are equitable and just.

What is child support?

Child support is a mathematical formula which is governed by Fla. Stat. 61.30. Fla. Stat. 61.30 considers several factors, including but not limited to, both parties incomes, the amount of time spent with the children, the cost of health insurance and daycare for the minor child(ren). Even though the escalated costs of child support may try to be avoided, child support cannot be waived because it belongs to the child. Therefore, it is both parties’ obligation to support the minor children after a divorce.

There are several factors which may increase or decrease the amount of child support that a party may receive. The marital and family lawyers at Lyons, Snyder & Collin, P.A. are knowledgeable regarding all of these tactics and are able to effectively advocate on your behalf in order to obtain the best possible result for you and your children.

Contact the divorce attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin, P.A. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 954.462.8035 for your free consultation.

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