Sidweber & Weintraub, PA is proud to announce that our firm has been honored as one of the three top Prominent Law Firms in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, by the South Florida Legal Guide!
The partners, Robert Sidweber and Karen Weintraub, are featured in a 2 page feature article in the 17th edition of the @South Florida Legal Guide. South Florida Legal Guide is a prestigious organization recognized throughout business and legal communities of the tri-county area, including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. To view the entire article, go to https://issuu.com/sflg/docs/2017_south_florida_legal_guide/22
The Board Certified expert family law attorneys at Sidweber and Weintraub, P.A. are specialists in dealing with family law issues, and can provide qualified legal advice as it relates to your matter.
For more information on issues pertaining to Florida family law, divorce, property distribution, modification, prenuptial agreements, child support, timesharing/custody and alimony cases, please call a Board Certified Attorney at Sidweber and Weintraub, P.A., for a consultation.
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Though the Florida Legislature almost abrogated permanent alimony in Florida over the past several years, a recent decision from Florida’s 4th District Court of Appeal affirms that permanent alimony remains “alive and well” in certain long-term marriages, in Florida. Florida Statute 61.08 (Florida’s alimony statute) defines a long- term marriage as a marriage that has a duration of seventeen (17) years or more. If a marriage is long-term, there remains a rebuttable presumption in favor of awarding the non-income earning spouse permanent alimony.
On October 13, 2016, the 4th District Court of Appeal overturned a trial court’s denial of Wife’s request for permanent alimony, in favor of an award of durational alimony. Berger v. Berger, 2016 WL 5940058 (Fla. 4th DCA, October 13, 2016). In Berger, the Husband and Wife had a long-term marriage lasting 18 years. The Husband was a physician and primary income earner, and the Wife was a “stay at home mother” for nearly the entire marriage, but had a degree in social work. The trial court only awarded the Wife durational alimony for ten (10) years, rather than permanent alimony, reasoning that she “should” be able to obtain employment, as a teacher, within two (2) years.
On appeal, the Wife, in part, argued that the trial court erred in not awarding her permanent alimony, because the Final Judgment failed to reflect that the Court applied the rebuttable presumption that exists in favor of permanent alimony, pursuant to Florida Statute 61.08, in such a long-term marriage. The appellate court opined that the trial court’s findings were insufficient to rebut the presumption in favor of permanent alimony and further found that permanent alimony was appropriate and necessary, based upon the duration of the marriage, the earnings of the parties and the Wife’s educational background.
Despite the trending alimony reform movement and Senate Bill 668 being a “hot topic” in Florida, this case shows that permanent alimony remains alive and well in Florida, pending any further legislative action. The Board Certified expert family law attorneys at Sidweber and Weintraub, P.A. are specialists in dealing with alimony and other family law issues, and can provide qualified personalized legal advice as it relates to your particular matter.
For more information on issues pertaining to Florida family law, divorce, property distribution, modification, prenuptial agreements, child support, time sharing/custody and alimony cases, please call the Board Certified Attorneys at Sidweber and Weintraub, P.A., for a consultation.
Orlando Weekly reported that things are getting tense at the Governor’s office at Old Capital. Men, women and children are demonstrating in support of their position to approve or veto the bill. The Governor has 5 more days to decide. We are keeping a close eye on the developments regarding the proposed bill.
Congratulations to Robert Sidweber, Esq. and Karen Weintraub, Esq. on this impressive achievement!
We have just been notified that not just one attorney – but both of our attorneys have recently been rated in the top 5% of Florida attorneys based upon third-party validation.
We are so excited to hear and will be releasing more information about this highly regarded distinction in the next couple of months.