Summary of Florida Alimony Reform Bill
House Bill 231, which proposes broad-reaching changes to Florida’s alimony statute, has passed the Civil Justice Subcommittee. It next goes to the House Judiciary Committee.
The Judiciary Committee provides the following summary analysis of HB 231:
Alimony provides financial support to a financially dependent former spouse. The primary elements to determine entitlement are need and the ability to pay, but the statutes and case law impose many more criteria. There are four different types of alimony: bridge-the-gap alimony, rehabilitative alimony, durational alimony, and permanent alimony. An award of alimony may be modified or terminated early in certain circumstances.
The bill makes a number of changes to current law on alimony and dissolution of marriage. The bill:
- Eliminates permanent alimony.
- Eliminates consideration of the standard of living established during the marriage as a factor in determining alimony.
- Creates presumptions for earning ability imputed to an obligee.
- Requires written findings justifying factors regarding an alimony award or modification.