Florida Alimony Reform

Scott Vetoes Alimony Reform Bill

Apr 15, 2016
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Governor Rick Scott has vetoed a bill  that would have overhauled divorce negotiations in the state. The contentious measure would’ve ended permanent alimony and implemented a formula for calculating payments. Under the bill, courts would start custody talks with the ‘premise’ that a 50-50 split between parents is in the best interest of the child. But Scott disagrees with the provision.

Activists Butt Heads Over Alimony Bill

Apr 12, 2016
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Time is running out for a bill that would overhaul alimony, prompting activists to hold dueling rallies at the capitol Tuesday.

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Divorce, and the resulting fallout from the breakup of a family, generates a lot of conversation in the Florida legislature. And for the past several years, issues like alimony, child support and custody have brought droves of people to the state capitol. Now a massive family law proposal is heading to the Senate floor.

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A measure that would make a change to the state’s alimony rules is moving through the legislature. Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland)  says her bill creates a formula for how alimony should be awarded and puts new benchmarks in place for when an alimony payment should be modified.

Both supporters and opponents of an alimony reform bill got a big surprise when Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed the proposed reform late Wednesday night. But, that might not be the end to the alimony debate.

After a failed attempt last year, advocates for alimony reform are back at it, trying to get Florida’s divorce laws overhauled. Supporters of the changes say current laws unfairly punish higher-earning spouses. But critics say, the proposed law unfairly favors them.

Debbie Israel leads a Florida alimony reform group called the Second Wives Club. She calls herself a potential second wife, except for one thing. Her fiancé is paying alimony every month until his ex-wife dies or remarries.