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The problems that persist with gay marriage laws in florida

Just as society is constantly changing, the regulations and laws that surround it often require adjustment. The 2015 Supreme Court legalizing of gay marriage reshaped countless lives, and made marriage possible for all. Yet, as with any law, this change encompassed small details that made same-sex marriage more complex than it may have seemed. Despite these complexities, some same-sex couples in Floridia wishing to divorce have pushed through the challenges to move on with their lives.

Returning to work after your divorce

Securing a spousal support obligation is just the first part to getting back to enjoying your pre-divorce quality of life. Many of the clients that we here at The Minaya Law Offices, PLLC have worked with in Davie fall into the trap of thinking that they can live off alimony for the rest of their lives. Yet in many cases, alimony is only meant to be a temporary solution. It is up to you to put yourself in a position where you do not have to rely on it any more. 

Proving your ex-spouse no longer needs alimony

When you and your spouse choose to divorce, the issue of alimony is one that can continue to cause contention between the two of you. He or she being awarded it may be viewed as some sort of punitive action against you. It is not meant to be; rather, spousal support is supposed to provide him or her with the same standard of living until he or she is in a position to once again secure gainful employment. However, many in Davie have come to us here at The Minaya Law Offices, PLLC concerned that their ex-spouses, out of spite, might withhold information about their current circumstances in order to continue to collect alimony payments. Is this something you should be worried about? 

Same-sex marriage, divorce and equal rights

The romanticized appeal of spending a lifetime with someone can, unfortunately, go awry. When this happens, a multitude of issues can also come about, especially those involving legal matters. When a same-sex couple decides to divorce in Florida, those legal matters can become all the more complicated. Those complicated issues stem from a larger, highly debated topic: that of statewide gay rights. 

The different types of alimony in Florida

Spousal support may be a natural expectation of some of those that are seeking a divorce in Davie. Yet such an award is not always automatic. The court will consider a number of different factors when choosing to award alimony, such as how long a marriage lasted, as well as how much each party contributed to the household income or each other's career pursuits. Many may not also be aware that there are actually several different types of alimony. Which one the court chooses to award may depend largely on the individual circumstances of each party after a marriage has ended. 

How does spousal support help you?

Divorcing Florida couples will likely have to deal with hashing out spousal support, also known as alimony, at some point during the divorce proceedings. The Minaya Law Offices, PLLC, works to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of spousal support and what you should expect from it.

Is divorce complicated in same-sex situations?

While gay marriage was legalized in all states in 2015, marriage laws are different from divorce laws. You can probably rightly assume that same-sex divorces will be handled the same way as other divorces in Florida, but that does not mean there are not special circumstances that could arise. It is those things that make gay divorce a little confusing.

Florida maintains lifetime alimony

Florida is one of only a few states in the country that has laws on the books for what many call “lifetime alimony,” or spousal support payments after a divorce that have no end date. As the Sun Sentinel reports, the state legislature has tried to amend this law four times in the past four years, and 2017 is no different.

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