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Founded in 1997 we are experienced and knowledgeable Tampa attorneys practicing exclusively in Divorce, Family, Stepparent/Relative Adoption, Criminal Defense, and Personal Bankruptcy. We practice primarily in the cities of Tampa, Riverview, Brandon, Valrico, Lithia, Carrollwood, Northdale, North Tampa, Plant City as well as Hillsborough County, Pinellas County and Pasco County. We have offices conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay. Our lawyers have extensive experience practicing in contested and uncontested divorces, including military divorces, and family law, child support, child custody and visitation, relocation of children, alimony, domestic violence, distribution of assets and debts, retirement/pensions (military and private), enforcement and modification of final judgments, paternity actions, adoptions and name changes as well as criminal defense. We offer a free consultation to discuss your options. Please call us at 813-672-1900 or email us at info@familymaritallaw.com to schedule a consultation. Our representation of our clients reflects our dedication to them. We look forwarding to hearing from you! Se habla Español.

Monday, June 14, 2021

How Can I Obtain a Fair Alimony Payment?

 Alimony is one of the most contentious aspects in any divorce case. After all, no one wants to pay their former spouse for months or years after the divorce is finalized, even if the split was amicable. It is important that anyone going through a divorce understands how to negotiate a fair settlement, so you do not end up paying more than you should, or receiving less than you deserve.

Document Your Finances

Evidence of your finances can help you build a strong case for your need for alimony, or to show what you are realistically able to pay. Document your assets, income, and expenses. Also provide detailed documentation about the assets you and your spouse own together and acquired during the marriage. Your divorce lawyer can also subpoena documents about your spouse’s employment, such as overtime, bonuses, and paid vacation time. These documents can be used to show that you need a certain amount of alimony, or that your spouse does not need as much as they are claiming.

Create a Budget

A budget is a great tool that will help you keep your finances on track after a divorce. Creating a budget prior to the divorce though, can also help you secure a better alimony settlement. For example, if your budget will be higher because you are going back to school to pursue a better education, it will help you justify a higher alimony payment. Likewise, if you can show that you will be in financial hardship after the divorce, this can help you secure a higher alimony settlement.

Consider the Timing

Alimony can be paid in a number of different ways. If your spouse is making a one-time payment, you have to consider whether or not it will cover all of your expenses for the first few months after the divorce is finalized. Sometimes, it can take time to get back on your feet, and you want to ensure you will have the financial support you may need.

While considering whether or not alimony will provide the support you will need, also think about when you will start receiving your alimony payments. It can take several months, and sometimes even years, before a divorce is finalized. If it will take some time to receive your first payment, you also do not want to make financial commitments, such as a lease, until you have the money that will help you pay for it.

Call a Florida Family Law Attorney

The best way to secure a fair alimony settlement is to work with a Tampa family law attorney that can negotiate with the other side for you. If you are getting a divorce and think you will need alimony, or that you will need to defend against an unfair request, our attorneys at All Family Law Group, P.A. can help. Call us today at (813) 672-1900 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about how we can help.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

What Happens To The Rental Property In Divorce?

Married couples often have many ways of earning income for their household and one of these is investing in rental property. Whether it is an entire apartment building or just one unit that is used as an Airbnb, rental property can be a very lucrative investment.

When a couple gets a divorce though, that property is subject to division just as any other. The manner in which it is divided on the other hand, has the potential to become much more complex. If you are going through a divorce and it involves rental property, below are some guidelines that may suggest how you and your spouse will divide it.

Reaching an Agreement with Your Spouse

Like all other property division issues, you can reach an agreement with your spouse on how you will divide the rental property. One spouse may keep it outright and become responsible for the maintenance, property taxes, and other issues that involve the property. Or, you and your spouse may even decide to continue co-owning it while dividing the responsibilities of upkeep, as well as the income it generates.

Reaching an agreement with your spouse is very beneficial. It puts the control back in your hands, which often makes it more plausible that you and your spouse will abide by the terms of your agreement. Unfortunately, you and your spouse may not reach an agreement and when that is the case, the matter will go to the court.

Factors the Court will Consider

Allowing the court to divide property in any divorce always comes with some risks because judges are able to use their own discretion when making these decisions. A judge will consider many factors including who made the most contributions to the rental property, and whether it makes sense to allow one person to keep it entirely or whether the property should be sold with both spouses dividing the profits.

A judge will also determine whether the property is considered separate or marital property. Even when one spouse owned the investment property prior to the marriage, this does not necessarily make the investment marital property. If the proceeds used from the investment contributed to the household, a judge may deem it marital property. Also, if the household income was used to pay the mortgage or property taxes on the investment property, that is another factor a judge will use to determine that it is marital property.

Clearly, dividing investment property is no easier than dividing any other type of property in a divorce. You should always contact a Florida family lawyer that can advise on how the property may be divided, and that can help you reach an agreement with your spouse.

Call Our Family Lawyers in Florida Today

If you are going through a divorce that involves the division of complex assets, our Tampa divorce lawyers are here to help. At All Family Law Group, P.A., our seasoned attorneys can advise on the property division laws of the state and help you obtain a settlement that is fair. Call us today at 813-672-1900 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation. Se habla Español.