Florida bill addressing alimony may interest residents

Many Florida residents may be interested in potential changes regarding alimony. It was recently reported that a proposed bill regarding alimony has moved forward in the Florida Senate. Apparently, the bill would utilize a formula to determine when spousal support is warranted and when modifications of payments may be allowed. The bill could potentially “remove the emotion” from decisions regarding this support.

One instance in which a modification may be allowed is at the time of retirement. Individuals who have retired may request a change in their support from the court. Of course, some individuals oppose the bill, and one senator stated that, without the bill, individuals would still be able to request modifications at the time of retirement because a significant decrease in income would take place. 

At the same time, it was reported that the bill still allows the court system to have complete discretion when it comes to making decisions regarding modifications. Outcomes would be based on case-by-case circumstances, and the courts do not necessarily have to abide by the parameters of the bill if they feel they are not suited to the cases in question. There are also various previsions in the bill pertaining to income increases and child custody.

If Florida residents are concerned about how this bill could potentially affect their alimony situations, they may wish to stay updated on its progress. Additionally, if individuals feel that they are currently facing issues regarding their spousal support, they may wish to discuss their cases with family law attorneys. Individuals could potentially be able to seek modifications to their payments if they feel the need.

Source: wfsu.com, “A Bill To Reform Alimony Moves Forward In Senate“, Regan McCarthy, Feb. 25, 2016

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