Alimony Reform Summit Held in Orlando

Hundreds of members of the organization Family Law Reform met in Orlando for a summit focused on changing Florida’s alimony laws.

The group’s members vowed to push for the elimination of permanent alimony in the 2014 legislative session. In 2013, a bill that would end permanent alimony passed both houses of the Florida legislature, but it was vetoed by Governor Scott. The governor said in his veto statement that he did not support the retroactive nature of the bill and that existing alimony orders should not be revised except by the courts.

State Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, and state Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland were cosponsors of the 2013 bill, and they said they would work with Gov. Scott’s staff to draft a workable bill for the 2014 legislative session.

Family Law Reform said that it would push for certain elements to be included in the proposed legislation, such as the elimination of permanent alimony, the right of the alimony payer to retire at the standard retirement age, and ending the practice of allowing a second spouse’s income to be used to determine an increase in alimony. The organization is also pushing for a formal definition of “a substantial change in circumstances,” which is the current standard for modifying an alimony order.

The revised bill will not apply retroactively.

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