Florida Alimony Bill 2016 Latest News & Updates

Friday April 15, 2016

***Governor Scott Vetoed the Florida Alimony Reform Bill***

Alimony reform and the proposed changes to child-sharing laws  will not be law. Governor Rick Scott vetoed SB 668. He objected  the part of the bill that had the  50/50 time-sharing provision.  It would have mandated the courts presume that equal time-sharing between parents is in the best interest of the child.

 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Waiting on decision from Gov Lee Scott. If the governor signs the bill passed by the both the House and Senate, it would in effect end ‘permanent alimony’ also known as ‘forever alimony’ or ‘lifetime alimony’ In 2013 the Governor vetoed the bill. It would provide the courts with specific guidelines in calculating alimony based on the length of a marriage and a person’s income among other factors.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Both the House (HB-455) and Senate (SB-668) Versions of Florida Alimony Reform have now passed and have been given to Florida Governor Scott. Both versions provides the courts with specific guidelines in calculating alimony based on the length of a marriage and a person’s income among other factors. It essentially gives judges a set of guidelines to determine the amount and duration of alimony based on length of marriage and ability to pay.

The big difference in the versions is SB-668 also includes child time-sharing language that provides for the presumption that 50/50 time-child sharing is in the best interest of the child.

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