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Alimony Modifications Again on the Table in Florida

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Family Law on Friday, March 20, 2015.

Modifications to alimony laws are again being considered in Florida. A bill is currently being considered in Florida that would end permanent alimony. Changes in the alimony laws that permit permanent alimony have been sought for years by individuals who oppose what can amount to a lifetime of spousal support. Those in favor of retaining permanent alimony argue that permanent alimony provisions provide protections for spouses who do not pursue a career to take care the family home or children and can be left without means to support themselves following a divorce.

The changes that are currently being considered seek to provide a middle ground for the two sides of the permanent alimony debate. The alimony formula that is proposed with the new law would base the amount of alimony the recipient spouse would receive on the length of marriage and the income differences between the two spouses. The formula would also be used to determine the length of time of the alimony payments and limit alimony payments in duration to between 25 and 75 percent of the length of the marriage.

Alimony, sometimes referred to as spousal support, can be a significant issue in any divorce. It can also be an important resource for many divorcing spouses. Alimony is currently based on a number of different factors and can be awarded for different lengths of time.

To prevent alimony considerations from becoming contentious, it is best to be fully informed when entering a divorce concerning how alimony is awarded. Understanding what to expect can help divorcing couples better negotiate and reach efficient outcomes during the divorce process which may lead to a smoother divorce process all the way around.

Source: ClickOrlando.com, "Alimony reform bill again stirs passions on both sides," March 14, 2015

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