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Lump Sum Alimony Can Help Reduce Conflict During a Divorce

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Unless you are trying to negotiate the terms of your divorce, it probably has never mattered to you that Florida has a whopping six types of alimony. If your divorce lawyer tells you that you will probably have to pay some type of alimony to your ex before or after your divorce is finalized,… Read More »

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Can the Court Require Your Ex to Pay Alimony If You Were Never Legally Married?

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Couples who are in committed relationships but are not legally married to each other often respond to nosy questions from relatives about whether they plan to marry by saying that marriage is only a piece of paper. In many ways, they are right. It is possible for couples to form lifelong relationships with each… Read More »

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Adventures in Alimony: Tales from Florida Case Law

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

In the old days, alimony was a popular subject for aspiring stand-up comedians at local comedy clubs. More recently, it has become a topic for vitriolic blog posts in the less benign corners of the Internet. Then and now, alimony remains misunderstood. What really happens in the courtroom where a judge decides that you… Read More »

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What is permanent alimony and when is it appropriate?

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

In the state of Florida when two people are getting divorced and they have been married for longer than 14 years there is a presumption in favor of permanent alimony. Whenever a claim for permanent alimony is sought by a spouse and their divorce attorney the level of conflict in the case usually escalates… Read More »

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The Six Types of Alimony in Florida

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

In the early days of Facebook, users could choose the “it’s complicated” relationship status when they were in the process of a breakup or had separated from their partner but their lives were still somehow entwined. “Complicated” definitely describes the transition from being a married couple to being a single person, especially when it… Read More »

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Many People Are Looking For a Christian Attorney In Orlando

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Why Would Someone Seek A Christian Attorney in Orlando for Their Family Law or Divorce? Here is Why and Where They Can Look. One question seen often by law firms and managers of lawyer directories is “where can I find a Christian Orlando family law attorney?” While many people may not understand the difference… Read More »

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Florida Senate Bill 718 Changes The Way Orlando, Florida Attorneys Deal With Alimony

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

Florida Senate Bill 718 Passes and Brings Big Changes to Florida Alimony For the past few weeks we have been following Senate Bill 718 which proposes to do away with permanent alimony, place significant restrictions on alimony awards, and make 50/50 time-sharing in child custody cases a statutory presumption. As previously discussed on our… Read More »

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Lawmakers Do Away With Permanent Alimony

By Sean Smallwood, P.A. |

The Florida Senate Has Voted and the Result Means the End Of Permanent Alimony in Family Law and Divorce Cases On Thursday, April 4th SB 718 was approved by Florida lawmakers in Tallahassee which puts an end to permanent alimony, also known as spousal support, places limits on alimony awards based on a person’s… Read More »

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