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Florida Alimony Legislation Vetoed by Governor

By Lindsay A. Feldman, P.A.  May. 22, 2013 4:46p

An alimony reform bill expected to succeed was vetoed by Florida's Governor just hours before it would have gone into effect. The Governor vetoed the bill early in May due to objections to the fact that it would have retroactive power, which would allow the renegotiation of alimony agreements already in existence for many Floridians. The alimony reform legislation would have put in place limits on how much alimony could be paid and for how long it would last. Life-long alimony payments would have barred. In general, payments lasting more than half of the length of a marriage would have been prohibited and benefit caps would have been imposed, based on the paying spouse's salary. The bill also would have given equal custody of children to both parents, unless extraordinary reasons prevented it.

Those who supported the bill assert that an updating of the Florida alimony system is needed due to its unfair treatment of some. Those who opposed the bill called it "anti-woman," and one-sided. The bill is expected to return in some form for another go at passage in the future. Florida is following Massachusetts, which was the first state to revamp alimony laws in 2011. Under the Massachusetts law, alimony is based on the length of the marriage and supported spouses can no longer seek financial support through the paychecks of an ex-spouse's new husband or wife.

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