Get Informed: Frequently Asked Questions on Legal Matters

Our frequently asked question page is designed to offer you a starting point for understanding various legal topics, whether you are seeking information about divorce, estate planning, or other family law matters. Please keep in mind that this is general information, and individual cases may require more specific legal advice.

At Earl Harmon Law, P.A., we encourage you to reach out to us for personalized attention tailored to your unique situation. Our commitment is to help you make informed decisions and find the legal solutions you need.

1. What is alimony, and how is it determined during divorce?

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is awarded based on the needs of the recipient spouse and the paying spouse’s ability to provide financial support. The duration of alimony is based on factors such as the length of the marriage and each spouse’s needs and abilities.

2. How has Florida’s Alimony Reform Bill, effective July 1, 2023, affected spousal support?

There have been significant legal changes regarding alimony awards. The Florida Alimony Reform Bill eliminates permanent alimony, only allowing temporary, bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, and durational alimony. Please contact our office for more information on the many changes under this law.

3. How can paternity be established?

Paternity is a complex and sensitive subject. It is the determining factor for child support, timesharing, and visitation rights. It can be established through marriage, mutual agreement by an unmarried couple, or genetic testing.

4. Can alimony, timesharing, child support, or visitation arrangements through the court be modified after a divorce?

Pursuing a modification is possible if either party has a significant change in circumstances, such as a change in income, relocation, remarriage, retirement, or a child’s needs.

5. How are businesses handled during divorce proceedings?

The treatment of a business during a divorce depends on whether it is considered a marital asset or a separate property. Prenuptial or postnuptial agreements also play a role. If the business is marital property, it may need to be valued, and options for division or buyouts may be considered.

6. How can you find affordable options for legal representation?

At Earl Harmon Law, P.A., we believe that everyone should have access to quality legal services that fit their budget. We offer flexible pricing options, including flat fees or hourly rates. Contact Attorney Earl Harmon at (352) 973-9699, to discuss your options.

7. When should you start estate planning?

You are never too young to begin estate planning. From early adulthood through retirement, estate planning is an ongoing process, and your estate plan should be regularly revisited, especially when major life changes occur.

8. What is the difference between a will and a trust?

A will takes effect after death to settle your estate in a probate proceeding, directing the distribution of your assets to designated heirs and beneficiaries. On the other hand, trusts bypass the probate process, providing asset distribution after death through a trustee. There are various types of trusts for specified purposes.

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The information presented above is just a sprinkling of the extensive knowledge that Attorney Earl Harmon can provide. For a complete understanding of your situation, and to explore the best legal solutions for your needs, contact us for a thorough consultation. At Earl Harmon Law, P.A., we are here to guide you and protect your rights and interests. Your legal peace of mind is our top priority. We represent clients in Lake, Seminole, Sumter Counties, and the surrounding areas.

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