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NFL player's alimony dispute centers on Florida law

When a Florida couple's marriage lasts less than a year, the divorce process will likely differ in many ways from the process for a longer union. The topic of alimony can arise in either case, but with a shorter marriage, expectations for spousal support are generally tempered by the duration of the partnership. In fact, in Florida, the length of a marriage is one of the primary factors considered when couples disagree over alimony.

Not surprisingly, the subject of alimony can prove contentious for certain divorcing couples. NFL star Jeremy Shockey and his wife are currently in a dispute over finances, with both alimony and Florida law taking center stage in their differences of opinion. According to Shockey, the couple had a prenuptial agreement that stipulated his wife would gain little financially if they duo divorced. Shockey himself filed for divorce last fall, after just eight months of marriage.

According to his wife, though, Florida law entitles her to temporary support as well as compensation for certain legal fees. Her lawyers contend that Shockey has not been upfront about his net worth, which his wife estimates to be around $15 million. Her attorneys claim Shockey hasn't disclosed some important financial documents that would demonstrate his actual net worth.

In Florida, the financial support of one spouse by another after a divorce is decided on a case-by-case basis. However, there are certain factors that all courts will consider, such as the aforementioned duration of the marriage. Other factors include, but are not limited to the financial needs of the spouse asking for support, the incomes of both parties, and the standard of living both parties enjoyed while they were married.

Source: Sports World News, "Jeremy Shockey ex wants him jailed in alimony dispute," Glenn Minnis, July 1, 2013

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