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A divorce in the State of Florida typically involves legal disputes regarding any or all of the following three categories:

The first contested matter is often alimony (also known as spousal support).  Alimony is a required payment one spouse will make to their former spouse over a period of time.  A court may require alimony for a variety reasons.  Alimony may be required to assist the former spouse in returning to school, caring for a sickness or injury, or simply because the court deems it the fair thing to do.  In determining whether a person qualifies for alimony, the court will look at several factors including the length of the marriage, the financial need of the requesting person, and the other spouse's ability to pay.  The court will not consider children from the marriage in setting alimony.

The second contested matter involves any minor children born to, or adopted during, the marriage.  Child support issues relate to more than just monthly child support payments and, if addressed comprehensively, often become quite complex.  Child support issues focus on division of parental responsibility, parent/child contact schedules, financial support, health insurance coverage, payments of the child's uninsured medical and dental costs, and parental income tax exemptions for childcare.  When reaching a judgment relating to a minor child, the court will always review what is in the best interest of the child and try to meet that need.

The final contested area a divorce is typically the division of marital assets and debts.  In determining whether an asset or debt is from the marriage, and therefore subject to an equal 50/50 split, the court will look at whether the asset or debt at issue was acquired while the parties were married.  While most people can easily divide household items such as TV's and dishes, an attorney can provide vital guidance when it comes to trickier division of assets, such as homes, vehicles, pensions and other retirement accounts.

A divorce is one of the hardest endeavors a person can experience.  In addition to the pain of ending the marriage, there is also the stress of making financial and childcare decisions which may have lifelong consequences.  If you are contemplating a divorce, or have recently filed or been served with divorce papers, please contact Attorney Marc Consalo for a consultation.  Marc has the experience you need to protect your rights but also the compassion you need to get through to the other side and a brighter day.

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