In a divorce proceeding, the Court must conduct a hearing before it determines that the attorney's fees that are requested by a party are reasonable. In Newman v. Newman the Florida Court of Appeal recently stated: "Appellant, the former husband, appeals a final judgment of dissolution of marriage and raises four issues on appeal, only one of which warrants reversal and remand.
In divorce proceedings, lump sum alimony is not a third type of alimony, but a means to accomplish rehabilitation or permanent support. It establishes a non modifiable and non-terminable obligation. "Section 61.08(1), Florida Statutes (2008), authorizes permanent alimony "payments in lump sum."