Family and Wealth Planning

Divorce FAQ. 4: My spouse has lots of money. Will I get alimony/spousal support if we divorce?

A. 4: Alimony is not only based on the ability of one spouse to pay the alimony or support. Other factors need to be considered such as the need of the other spouse to receive alimony, the length of the marriage, and other factors such as the standard of living during the marriage, education and ability to obtain employment of the spouses, health and ability to work, contributions to the marriage, among others. A determination is made on each individual case and different types of alimony may be granted, such as rehabilitative, durational or permanent.  (The different alimony awards will be described in detail in following blogs).

In addition, an existence or non-existence of a pre-nuptial agreement must be considered and reviewed.

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Divorce FAQ. 3: Can I legally separate from my spouse without going through a divorce?

A. 3: Not in Florida. In order to be “legally” separated, the couple must file and get a divorce decree from a court of proper jurisdiction.

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Divorce FAQ. 2: I was married to my spouse in our home country, can I file for divorce in Florida?

A 2: If the husband and or wife have lived in the State of Florida for more than 6 months with the intention of being residents of the State, then a divorce can be filed in Florida regardless of where the marriage took place.

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Divorce FAQ.1: I was married in my country of origin, am I considered married in the United States?

Divorce A 1: Yes! A marriage that took place in another county is valid in the United States. Marrying a second time in the United States without getting a divorce first may be considered bigamy and a crime.

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Immigration

What has Child Support to do with my US Citizenship application?

One of the requirement to qualify for US Citizenship is to show Good Moral Character.   Payment of the applicant’s child support obligation shows, among other factors, that the person has or lacks good moral character. If the person has no proof that he/she has complied and met his/her support obligation by paying child support, citizenship may be denied.

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Q7. I do not need child support and I do not want it, can I waive child support?

A: No! Child Support is the property of the child and the parents cannot negotiate or waive child support. It is not the parent’s money, it is the child’s money. The court will protect the child’s interest and will not allow a parent to pay or accept less than the child support guidelines.

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Q6. If I do not exercise my visitaion rights with the child, do I still have to pay child support?

A: Yes! child support is an obligation and is not contingent on seeing or caring for the child. Even if you do not visit with the child or the other parent interferes in your visitations with the child, you must pay child support.

Yahima Suarez, Esq.
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Q5. Do I have to pay child support if I have shared visitation with my child about half the time?

A: It depends. If your income and the other parent’s income is relatively similar, you may not have to pay child support. However, if one of the parents makes more than the other, that parent may still have some child support obligation. This amount is also calculated under the child support guidelines.

Yahima Suarez, Esq.
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Q4. Who pays for health insurance and child care costs?

A: Health insurance and child care costs are to be shared by both parents in accordance with each parent percentage share under the child support guidelines unless the parents agree otherwise.

Yahima Suarez, Esq.
Yahima Suarez,  A Law Firm, PL
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305-456-7158

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