Alimony Reform Bills Coming to Florida Legislature
Bills that seek to change Florida’s alimony laws are coming to the Florida House (HB 231) and Senate (SB 718). The bills, supported by Florida Alimony Reform, seek to do the following (according to the Florida Bar News):
HB 231 would do away with permanent alimony in almost all cases and make other changes. It would create the presumption of no alimony in “short-term” marriages up to 10 years, and there would be no presumption in favor of either party for alimony in “mid-term” marriages of 10 to 20 years. In the latter cases, the party seeking alimony would have to prove the need for alimony by a preponderance of the evidence, and payments would be limited to the lesser of 50 percent of the differences in the spouse’s income or 20 to 30 percent of the paying spouse’s net income, based on the length of the marriage.
Alimony would be presumed as needed on “long-term” marriages of over 20 years, but would be limited to the lesser of 50 percent of the income difference or 33 percent of the paying spouse’s net income. An extra 10 percent could be awarded if the receiving spouse is determined to be disabled under Social Security standards.