Ex-NFL Player's Wife Wants Temporary Alimony in Florida

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Family Law on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

After eight months of marriage, former NFL football player Jeremy Shockey and his wife are divorcing in Florida. Several family law issues have been brought up in the split, including a prenuptial agreement and a demand for alimony. Other issues have grown contentious as well. Shockey's soon-to-be former wife is disputing the prenuptial agreement, and arguing that she is entitled to temporary alimony and attorney's fees. Although the prenuptial agreement leaves Shockey's estranged wife with nothing in the event of a divorce, she is contesting it under Florida law. She is also demanding at least $15,000 for what she identifies as Shockey's violation of a privacy provision in the prenuptial agreement. She is also asking the court to restrain Shockey from posting anything about her on the internet.

Prenuptial agreements are not uncommon in cases of high asset divorce. Also included in a high asset divorce can be alimony or spousal support. Spousal support is a payment one spouse pays to another according to a settlement agreement between the parties or a court order. Many family law issues arise following a divorce. The purpose of alimony, or spousal support, is to correct any economic imbalance one party may face following a divorce. This can happen in the case of a parent who remained at home with the children during the marriage and upon divorce, is in need of a source of income.

Not every divorcing spouse will receive alimony or spousal support. It will only be awarded in cases when one spouse is unable to meet the spouse's financial needs without assistance from the other spouse, who can afford to make the payments. Spousal support can be temporary or permanent. Temporary support may be awarded when a spouse needs time to get "back on their feet." This can include getting back into the job market, updating skills, completing an education course of study or raising children. Lately, there have been some suggested changes to alimony laws in Florida.

Divorce can be a difficult process. Understanding some of the circumstances under which a spouse can expect to receive or pay alimony may help.

Source:, "Jeremy Shockey's wife up in arms about him posting naked pics of her 'tight end'," Jan. 27, 2013.

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