Florida Child Support Lawyer | Timesharing & Alimony Attorney Broward County
The family law attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin have represented over 1,000 individuals going through a divorce. We have represented everyone from teachers, nurses, salespeople, fire fighters and police officers to high-net-worth executives, business owners, financial advisors, lawyers, doctors and professional athletes. We have the experience to handle all cases, no matter how big or small.
Alimony, child support and time-sharing oftentimes play a significant role in divorce proceedings. Alimony and time-sharing, in particular, can be fiercely contested. We fight to make sure you are protected and we will not let you get pushed around. Additionally, as all of the attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin have young children, you can trust that we take time-sharing very seriously. Nothing is more important to our attorneys than the time you spend with your children. We will aggressively fight to ensure you to have the time sharing you deserve.
What is alimony?
Alimony is court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated. Alimony is money to “level the playing field” between the parties. 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: the length of the marriage, the standard of living, the relative financial resources of the parties, and the spouse’s employment.
The Court has the ability to award different types of alimony, such as permanent alimony, durational alimony, rehabilitative alimony, bridge the gap alimony, temporary alimony and lump sum alimony.
The length of a party’s marriage can substantially increase one party’s likelihood of receiving or paying alimony.
A marriage of one to seven years in duration is considered a short term marriage and there is no presumption in favor of permanent alimony. A marriage of seven to seventeen years in duration is considered an intermediate marriage and there is no presumption in favor or against permanent alimony. A marriage of seventeen years or more in duration is considered a long term marriage and there is a presumption that one party is entitled to receive permanent alimony.
Durational alimony is oftentimes half the length of the marriage (five years of alimony in a ten year marriage). However, the Court is not able to award alimony for a period of time longer than the length of the marriage.
If you have been the primary income earner for the family during the marriage, you could be ordered to pay significant sums of money to your former spouse in alimony payments. The attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin will aggressively advocate a fair resolution and will not let you get “taken to the cleaners”. We know you worked hard for your money, let us help you protect it.
However, we will not let the lesser-earning spouse become destitute as a result of a divorce. Homemakers, some of which gave up lucrative careers, should also be fairly compensated for their contribution to the marriage.
No matter which party we are representing, we will fight zealously to make sure you are protected. We can be as aggressive as needed. You can trust that we have you, and your children’s, best interest in mind.
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**Disclaimer: This alimony calculator was created by our team of experienced family law attorneys to give you a possible outcome of alimony payments in your case. The State of Florida does not have a mathematical formula or guide for determining exact alimony payments. This is simply an estimator. There are a number of factors that go into making a determination on alimony payments. The income of the parties and duration of the marriage are two important factors, however. Your yearly alimony payment is not taxable as income to the receiving spouse, nor is it tax deductible by the payor spouse for any alimony awards as of January 1, 2019. This alimony calculation does not impact any Marital Settlement Agreements or Final Judgments of Dissolution of Marriage entered prior to January 1, 2019. Information provided on the website (including, but not limited to, our alimony calculator) does not, and is not, intended to constitute legal advice or tax advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general information purposes only.
If you have any questions concerning your divorce (including, but not limited to, alimony), please contact Lyons, Snyder & Collin for a free consultation.**
What is child support?
Child support is a mathematical formula which is governed by Florida Statute 61.30. This Statute considers several factors, including but not limited to: both parties’ incomes, the amount of overnights with the children, the cost of health insurance and daycare for the minor child or children.
Child support cannot be waived because it belongs to the child. It is both parties’ obligation to support the minor children after a divorce until they emancipate pursuant to Florida law.
Our attorneys are always available to answer all your questions regarding how child support is calculated and the actions we can take to raise or lower the payments.
In Florida, the public policy is that each child should have “frequent and continuing contact with both parents.” There is no presumption for either party to have any specific time-sharing schedule when creating or modifying the parenting plan for the child.
Our attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin will do everything in our power to ensure you are awarded the amount of time-sharing you deserve. Do not let your spouse bully you into an unacceptable time-sharing arrangement. Let us be aggressive, so you don’t have to be.
Don’t guess about your rights. 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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