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Governor vetoes proposed family law changes

In a previous blog posting, we discussed some proposed changes that would be made to Florida's alimony laws. Legislators had passed a bill that allowed for major alimony reform. It also included a provision that required judges to allow each parent equal time with their children after a divorce.

This was the second attempt at passing these changes. The first bill was vetoed due to a provision that allowed the alimony changes to be applied retroactively. This bill was expected to pass as the legislators created this law specifically to address Governor Rick Scott's earlier concerns.

In a surprise move, Governor Scott vetoed the bill this week. He expressed concern regarding the portion of the law that dealt with custody, and felt it removed too much discretion from judges. He felt that the courts were in the best position to decide what is in the best interests of the children, and that this law would hurt families.

Legislators expressed concern over the veto. They pledged to try once again to try to pass alimony and custody changes in the next legislative session. It is expected that this will remain a politically charged issue during the upcoming elections.

What this means for you

While this veto is certainly a step in the right direction, there is no guarantee that these laws will stay this way for much longer. The future of family law in Florida is going to be in question for quite some time. Legislators will continue to try to pass changes that could have a severe impact upon your family if you find yourself going through a divorce.

If you are thinking that divorce might be right for you, the very thing you should do is to reach out to an experienced family law attorney. Your attorney will be able to help you understand exactly what options are available to you, and will work with you to help you obtain an efficient resolution of your case.

Custody and spousal support are always going to be issues that require careful analysis in every divorce. You should never enter into any agreements with your spouse before you have an attorney on your side. You may be making mistakes that could prevent you from being able to find a more promising future after your divorce has been finalized. 

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