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Our team is experienced in representing both individuals who are seeking support and those who are expected to pay. Sometimes it is not easy to determine an individual's income. This frequently occurs where someone is self-employed, works for tips or receives cash payments. Where necessary, we are experienced in working with forensic accountants to establish a party's true income. There are business expenses, which may be legitimate deductions on a party's tax return, but which need to be added to a party's income in determining the payor's ability to pay alimony or child support.
Also, frequently it is necessary to determine a party's true need or a party's true ability to pay.
Under Florida law, there are various categories of alimony, including lump sum, durational, permanent, bridge the gap, rehabilitative and temporary. The Court analyzes numerous factors in determining the appropriate type of alimony warranted in the case, such as the length of the marriage, the payor's ability to pay and the recipient's need, as well as the standard of living established during the marriage.
In Florida, parents cannot waive their children's right to support. Child support is determined using the Florida Child Support Guidelines and deviations therefrom may be warranted depending on the specific case.