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What are the different types of alimony in the state of Florida?

It is common in Palm Beach, and throughout Florida, for one spouse to be the primary earner in a marriage. Should married couples in these types of situations divorce, it could place a heavy economic burden on the lesser, or non-income-earning partner. In order to help alleviate this, family law courts often order spousal maintenance awards, including alimony.

Generally, alimony is a monetary allowance that is paid by one spouse to the other during the divorce process or after its completion. In most cases, higher earning spouses are ordered by the courts to pay this type of spousal maintenance to lower earning spouses. Depending on the circumstances, under Chapter 61 of the 2014 Florida Statutes, there are four primary types of alimony that are awarded in the state of Florida – bridge-the-gap, durational, permanent and rehabilitative alimony.

High asset divorce appears eminent for Carey, Cannon

Due to their sizeable earnings, celebrities in Palm Beach, and elsewhere, often bring in significant income during their marriages. Unless they have a prenuptial agreement, celebrity couples, like all married couples, must negotiate the division of their assets and property. In some cases, these negotiations may begin long before the motions for divorce are filed, while in other cases, reaching an asset division agreement can hold up finalizing a divorce for months.

It appears that steps toward divorce have long been in the works for singer, Mariah Carey and her television host-actor husband, Nick Cannon. The couple’s recent marital issues have been widely publicized, with recent reports indicating that they have been separated since May. Carey and Cannon have been married for six years. The split, news sources reported, seems to be related, at least in part, to statements made by Cannon during his recent appearances on two widely listened to radio programs regarding his previous partners and his physical relationship with Carey before they were wed.

Talk show host continues fight to avoid paying child support

Disputes over the payment of child support aren’t all that uncommon in divorce cases in Boca Raton. Often, the one being asked to pay child support will dispute the amounts asked for by the custodial parent or even contest the need to pay such support altogether. The reasons why people may choose to contest paying child support can vary, with most having to do with the payer’s lack of a relationship with the child. Yet in some cases, those disputing the need to pay child support do so not based upon their relationships with the children involved, but rather upon their feelings towards their ex-spouses.

One might certainly argue that this has become the case involving the ongoing child support dispute between talk show host Sherri Shepherd and her ex-husband. The couple had agreed to have a child via a surrogate, but have since divorced. The popular host of The View has fought her ex-husband’s claims for child support, claiming that he entered into the surrogate contract with her already planning on divorcing her and asking for child support.

Rutherford fighting to get custody of kids back from deported ex

Depending on the circumstances of their custody and parenting agreements, when parents in Palm Beach are granted full custody of their children, it generally grants them the ability to determine where they, and their children, will live. In cases, however, in which a parent wants to move across the country, or even the world, it can create new challenges for parents to deal with.

The child custody dispute between “Gossip Girl” actress, Kelly Rutherford and ex-husband could potentially impact future cases with similar circumstances. According to reports, Rutherford’s ex-husband, who was born in Germany, had his U.S. visa revoked and was not allowed to re-enter the country after it was found there was some type of fraud involved with how he obtained his visa. Since Children’s father cannot travel to the U.S. to visit them, a family court judge awarded him custody of the couple’s seven and five-year-old son and daughter; Rutherford had previously had custody and been acting as the children’s primary caregiver.

Woman asks court to increase former Fugees rapper's child support

Readers are likely aware that child support payments are often ordered in cases involving divorced, separated or unmarried parents in Palm Beach, and elsewhere. These awards are generally based on a variety of factors, including the child’s every day expenses and needs, as well as both parents’ incomes. Over time, however, the circumstances can change, which may require adjustments to child support award amounts.

According to reports, rapper, Praskazrel “Pras” Samuel Michel, is currently involved in a child support dispute with the mother of his three-year-old son. The woman, with whom the former Fugees member had a brief relationship in 2010, is requesting an increase of almost three times the amount she is currently receiving. She asked for the court to increase Michel’s payments from $3,100 per month to $9,000 monthly. In 2013, news sources report, Michel paid $83,000 to be applied toward back child support.

Property division and divorce in Florida

Couples in Florida may, for any number of reasons, decide to end their marriages. While divorce is increasingly common throughout all of the U.S., Florida ranks among the top 10 states with the most divorced residents, Bloomberg reports. According to the report, 13.2 percent of Florida residents, ages 15 and up, are divorced. For many of these couples, the division of marital property was one of the most complicated aspects of finalizing their divorce.

Under Florida state law, unless there is an agreement that stipulates otherwise, couples’ property is typically divided based on equitable distribution. Any property or assets that a couple accrues during the duration of their marriage is considered marital property. While other states divide these assets right down the middle, giving an equal share to both spouses, Florida bases property division on what is fair or equitable.

Hedge fund manager worth $5.5 billion files for divorce from wife

Any number of factors may contribute to couples in Palm Beach, and elsewhere, choosing to put an end to their marriages. For many divorcing couples, the asset division process can be the most complicated aspect of reaching an agreement. This can be especially true in cases when the couple, either together or personally, have significant wealth and finances.

According to reports, a successful hedge fund manager in Illinois filed for divorce from his wife recently. She, according to reports, claimed to have been surprised by the filing. The pair has been married for 11 years. The specific reason for his decision to file was not disclosed. Irreconcilable differences were reportedly cited as the cause for divorce in the court filing.

Father questions boys' exposure to Irsay in child custody dispute

When couples, which share children, separate or divorce, it is common for one or both parents to move on and find new partners. In some cases, parents in Palm Beach, and elsewhere, may question the type of influences their children are being exposed to. As a result, they may pursue primary custody, or seek to have their agreements modified in order to limit their children’s exposure to persons or situations that they feel are questionable.

One Indiana father, who is involved in a child custody dispute with his ex-wife, has reportedly expressed concerns over his two sons spending time with Jim Irsay, owner of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. Irsay owns the house where the boys currently reside with their mother. The nature of Irsay’s relationship with the boys’ mother was not disclosed, however, it was reported that the children, ages, 12 and 17, have been to his home and vacationed with him.

Judge releases dad jailed for failure to pay child support

Failure to pay child support is a serious issue throughout Boca Raton, and the rest of the country. Not only does it jeopardize all of a child’s needs being met, it can also put the parent who has failed to make payments in danger of facing serious criminal consequences.

According to reports, a father in Houston fell behind on his child support payments as the result of a clerical error. His monthly payments were reportedly being garnished from his paychecks. The employee at his place of work who handled those types of issues, however, withheld the wrong amount. It was not reported how much was supposed to be taken out for child support versus what was actually withheld.

Short's wife files for divorce, awarded spousal and child support

Most readers are aware of the types of issues that couples in Palm Beach, and throughout the U.S., must address when negotiating a divorce settlement. The process is generally no different for celebrities and other high-profile couples. In addition to the division of any marital property and assets, divorcing couples may also have to deal with issues pertaining to alimony or child support, as well as child custody.

News sources reported that actor, Columbus Short’s wife filed for divorce in April 2014 after nine years of marriage. No details were reported regarding the couple’s property interests and assets or how they will be divided. It was released, however, that a judge recently ordered Short to pay his estranged wife spousal support, despite his having also been dismissed from his role on the TV series, “Scandal”, in April. Mrs. Short was reportedly awarded $17,005 per month. Additionally, Short will also be required to pay more than $4,500 each month in child support for their two-year-old daughter.

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