Will I still have to pay alimony if I file for bankruptcy in Florida?

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Divorce can be a contentious issue because it tends to involve more than just ending the marriage. In actuality, couples that choose to divorce often have to make decisions about their assets, children, and finances. Alimony-related issues are often contentious, including when one spouse refuses to pay it after filing for bankruptcy. If you find yourself in this situation, it’ll prove beneficial to consult a Pensacola Alimony Lawyer today. Read on to learn more about how we can help if your ex refuses to pay alimony after filing for bankruptcy.

Can I still collect alimony if my ex files for bankruptcy?

A common question surrounding alimony payments is if a person will be required to pay their alimony if they’re experiencing financial trouble. The fact of the matter is that alimony is generally non-dischargeable. This means that your obligation to your children or former spouse cannot be forgiven in the case of financial hardship, even in the case of bankruptcy. However, while alimony payments may not be discharged, they may be reduced. Generally speaking, the courts will consider your financial situation and adjust your alimony payments accordingly.

What do I do if my ex refuses to pay alimony in Florida?

We understand that the divorce process can often be contentious and that, unfortunately, this conflict doesn’t necessarily end once the divorce process has concluded. Many spouses argue over alimony and some outright ignore their alimony agreement. If you find yourself in this situation, the best recourse is to try and talk it over with your ex to avoid more complications. However, if this isn’t an option, then you should consult an experienced Pensacola family law attorney so that they can file a motion for alimony enforcement. The court may then impose the following:

  • Economic sanctions
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Community service
  • A warrant for their arrest should this violation continue

How can an alimony lawyer help me?

Divorce can be a contentious, stressful, anxiety-inducing ordeal that affects you and potentially even other members of your family. Going about this process alone is a sure-fire way to increase your stress, which is why working with an experienced attorney can make a huge difference in your divorce process. This is especially the case when alimony is a topic of discussion in your divorce because unfortunately, alimony is often hotly contested. Our experienced family law attorney can advise you on your right to spousal support and your options in court. Working with us means having more clarity throughout this difficult time.


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