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The New Florida Alimony Reform Bill 2014

Posted By: Xavier Carrera

Q

The new Florida alimony reform bill 2014 proposes that any marriage under 11 years will not be considered for alimony. What is your knowledge on this part and do you think it will become law this year? Thank you

A

Great question.  I will answer the second part of your question first. You asked, “Do you think it will become law this year?”:

When dealing with proposed bills, it’s hard to determine what the legislature will ultimately pass and what it will not.  We also have to remember that Governor Scott has the power of veto, and he exercised it last time there was an attempt to change the way alimony is calculated in Florida.  The legislature spent considerable time on the existing alimony statute last summer but the bill did not become law, due to the Governor’s Scott veto.  Like you, I will be curious to see if any of the proposed changes become law this year.

You also asked: “The new Florida alimony reform bill 2014 proposes that any marriage under 11 years will not be considered for alimony.  What is your  knowledge on this?”:

Florida law currently states that a marriage of less than seven (7) years is short term, while seven (7) to 17 years is medium and over 17 years is a long term marriage. As the law stands, the statute creates a presumption against permanent alimony for short-term marriages.  One of the proposed changes is that a marriage of up to 11 years would be considered short term, 11 to 20 would be considered medium and 21 years and over would be considered long term. The proposed statute creates a presumption against any form of alimony in short-term marriages and a presumption in favor of alimony for long-term marriages. The proposed statute also eliminates all permanent alimony.

I hope this helps.  If the proposed statutory changes will affect your rights, please schedule a free initial consultation with me so we can discuss your matte in more detail.

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