Orlando Office: (407) 422-2411
Orlando Office: (407) 333-1382

Florida lawmakers considering another alimony reform bill

Alimony is often awarded in divorce cases in which one party earns significantly less than the other party and has a much lower earning potential. The purpose behind alimony is not to punish the paying party, but to try to keep the standard of living that the parties enjoyed during the marriage as close to the same as possible after the divorce.

There are currently four types of alimony that can be ordered in Florida, including: permanent alimony, lump-sum alimony, bridge-the-gap alimony and temporary alimony. We explain each of the types of alimony in detail on our website.

However, new legislation has been proposed by Florida lawmakers that would end permanent or lifetime alimony awards in the state. The bill would also allow people who have been ordered to pay alimony to reduce or end their payments after they retire.

The bill also directs judges to consider the length of the marriage and the difference in income between the spouses before ordering alimony, and order shorter and lower alimony payments in cases involving marriages of 20 years or less.

Unlike the alimony reform bill that was vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2013, this bill reportedly does not apply retroactively to people already paying or receiving alimony. The governor said he vetoed the last alimony reform measure because of potential harm to people who were already depending on alimony.

However, the head of a group that fought against the 2013 bill said that this year’s bill is even worse for alimony recipients. She told the Sun-Sentinel that it is “clear that the bill was written for the wealthy breadwinner."

More details on the proposed bill, including a provision that would make it so spouses in marriages lasting two years or less would not be entitled to alimony barring extreme extenuating circumstances, can be found in the Sun-Sentinel’s recent report

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information