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In Florida, Can a Judge Rule on Alimony Alone?

Yes, a Florida judge can approve a partial divorce settlement and rule only on the unresolved issue, such as alimony. Ideally, when a marriage ends it does so amicably, with both parties signing a settlement agreement to honor the terms of the separation. But if you and your spouse are unable to reach a compromise on any one issue (alimony for example) your divorce will generally go to court and a judge will ultimately decide the matter.

For couples with minor differences, the judge may suggest mediation to help them reach a settlement outside the courtroom. If you are truly unable to agree, not seeing eye-to-eye on a single issue can land your case in court; be prepared for what will probably be a long and costly trial. If your alimony must be decided at trial, the judge will determine how to award alimony according to Florida statute.

In most cases, couples will disagree on a few things but will attempt to work out their differences. Preferably with the help of skilled attorneys, an agreement is drawn up and then brought before a judge for final approval. Keep in mind that whatever agreement you and your spouse bring to the table, the judge overseeing your case will review the matter as a whole and has discretion to amend or alter any part of your agreement.

For more information on divorce law and how alimony is awarded in the state of Florida consult with an experienced divorce attorney to discuss the particulars of your case.

This post was written by David Hurvitz. Follow David on Google+.