The Palm Beach Divorce Lawyers of Nugent Zborowski & Bruce strive to pay close attention to pending legislation that could impact Florida’s laws pertaining to alimony, child support and equitable distribution.
Florida laws pertaining to alimony are found in Florida Statute Section 61.08. Presently, a political action group by the name of Florida Alimony Reform is lobbying a bill that would substantially eradicate the concept of permanent alimony in Florida. The main aspects of the bill drawing the most press are the proposals to cap alimony at a percentage of the payor’s gross income and to limit the duration of alimony to the length of the marriage.
Proponents of the bill say alimony reform is necessary to prevent divorcing parties from being “forever bound” to support their former spouses, especially in situations where their income has decreased or they have retired.
Opponents of the proposed legislation cite to the fact that Florida law already provides built in protections that allow alimony to be decreased upon “substantial changes in circumstances.” Furthermore, the Florida Supreme Court case of Pimm v. Pimm provides that most people paying alimony are allowed to voluntarily retire at age 65 and seek a reduction in what they are paying in alimony.
It is not clear at this time whether or not the proposed alimony reform has enough support to become law. You can bet that alimony recipients, those paying alimony and Florida Family Law Attorneys will be closely monitoring the progress of the legislation.