Florida Alimony/Child Support/Property Settlements Attorney Ensuring Your Interests Are Protected
When you and your spouse divorce, there are a number of decisions you need to make that will have long-term impact on your quality of life. One of the decisions the Florida courts generally make on behalf of those involved is whether or not you are required to provide your spouse with monetary support, which is also known as alimony or spousal support. Alimony and child support attorney Steven R. Brenners has more than 25 years of experience that give him a seasoned familiarity with Florida alimony law.
Alimony is one of the most frequently fought-over issues in divorce, and while Florida courts and lawyers strive to split marital assets equitably, equitable does not necessarily mean equal. At the Law Offices of Steven R. Brenners, we always strive to reach a fair agreement between our client and the opposing party.
Experienced in negotiating and litigating alimony agreements
Florida judges carefully appraise a couple’s length of marriage, their standard of living during the marriage, the relative income of each individual and the needs of each spouse when determining whether or not alimony should be granted, how much should be awarded and for how long it should continue. Retaining an experienced alimony attorney can help you convince the court that you need support and thus increase the chance that alimony will be awarded. Alternatively, we can also work to convince the judge that your ex-spouse does not need spousal support, or needs less than he or she asked for.
In Florida, there are four types of alimony agreements:
- Temporary alimony provides support during the divorce action, and may include attorney fees and relevant litigation costs.
- Rehabilitative alimony helps a dependent spouse become self-reliant and may end when an ex-spouse has found a job or has completed his or her education.
- Reimbursement alimony is awarded to the spouse who worked to support the family while the other spouse pursued professional training or career development. This type of alimony agreement may end or the amount paid may decrease once the spouse has been compensated.
- Permanent alimony is given to a spouse who is seriously ill or who has demonstrated economic need. This agreement can be modified due to changing financial needs or other circumstances.
Working for your peace of mind
We represent clients who are seeking alimony as well as those who would be required to pay it. Our clients are often concerned about whether they are required to pay alimony if their circumstances change. Others come to us if they are not receiving the alimony payments specified by the agreement. We can help you present evidence to the court as to why the amount you pay should be decreased or request that the court properly enforce the alimony agreement.
Parents must consider not only how divorce affects them, but also how it affects their children — both emotionally and financially. At the Law Offices of Steven R. Brenners, we help you obtain a fair and reasonable child support arrangement that allows you to raise your child in a safe and healthy environment.
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We help parents:
- Understand child support guidelines
- Negotiate child support through mediation
- Litigate child support issues
- Enforce child support orders
- Modify child support orders
Child support guidelines
Florida law establishes general child support guidelines. We can help you understand the basis and structure of these guidelines and how they apply to you. We can help you obtain support payments that best accommodate your financial circumstances and most appropriately provide for your child’s needs.
Child support settlements through mediation
Through the structured process of mediation, couples can put aside their differences and focus on the one objective where they tend to agree — their children’s well-being. Mediation presents a forum for creating fair child support plans that allow both parents to share in the financial obligations of raising their children. We can guide the process toward equitable solutions.
Litigation of child support
In some cases, litigation is necessary for your child to receive fair financial support from both parents. We methodically prepare for litigation to achieve the most equitable support arrangement for your child.
Enforcement of child support
If your spouse has fallen behind on child support payments, you may need assistance to collect the money that rightfully belongs to your child. At the Law Offices of Steven R. Brenners, we guide you through the process of enforcing your child support order.
Modification of child support
Financial problems may put you in a different financial situation than when you and your spouse divorced. However, you must continue to pay child support until the court modifies your order. We can help you expeditiously process a modification of your child support order so that you and your former spouse more equitably share in the expenses of raising your child.
At the Law Offices of Steven R. Brenners, we tackle property settlements with our clients’ best interests in mind. We negotiate reasonable settlements, then track them to make sure all applicable property is turned over to our clients in a timely manner and in accordance with the agreement. Property settlements don’t just affect the immediate parties of a divorce — they can have longstanding ramifications for children and other family members. In a time of emotional turmoil and personal upheaval, it’s vital that you have someone qualified in your court.
Contact an experienced Coral Springs, Florida family law attorney.
Call the Law Offices of Steven R. Brenners at (954) 755-0126 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.