Florida Family Law Legislative Update – Alimony

Alimony in Florida

Alimony in Florida

Florida alimony changes are again on the desk of Governor Rick Scott, awaiting his signature. If Governor Scott signs the bill passed by the both the House and Senate, permanent alimony will be a thing of the past. The bill will require judges to use a calculation guideline when determining alimony based on the length of a marriage and the income of the parties. The bill also requires the judge to provide an explanation in writing, if the judge deviates from the formula.

The bill (SB 668) also contains child time-sharing language that calls on the courts to presume that 50/50 custody is in the best interest of the child.

Changes in Alimony and child-sharing laws have been the hot topic in the legislature for several years. All that is left is to wait to see whether Governor Scott will sign the new bill making it law. As a reminder, ,n 2013 he vetoed an alimony reform bill opposing a clause making it retroactive to existing alimony awards; a provision which was not included in this year’s bill.

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