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Alimony Reform Under Consideration Again in Florida

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Family Law on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Alimony can be a primary concern for many divorcing couples which is why it is important for them to fully understand. A nationally-based parent's organization, which is a political organization, has provided support for alimony reform legislation currently in the Florida legislature. The proposed legislation would allow for greater predictability concerning the court's decision making and allow the divorcing couple greater ability to financially plan following their divorce.

The current proposed legislation removes a 50-50 child sharing component which has been controversial the last time alimony reform was proposed which resulted in a veto from the governor last year. The proposed legislation also removes forever alimony. Though alimony can be controversial and can lead to disputes, it is helpful for divorcing spouses to understand it and the current status of the law. In Florida, alimony is based on a number of factors and can be awarded in several different forms.

Currently, alimony may be awarded for different periods of time and is designed to help ensure that both couples can move forward with a secure financial future after the divorce. While it can be a challenging divorce-related issue to navigate around at times, it is an important concern for the paying spouse, as well as the recipient spouse, so it can be helpful to anticipate how it may be awarded as part of the divorce settlement.

Understanding state laws related to alimony, and how they will impact a couple's divorce, is an important consideration for many divorcing couples. Being familiar with how alimony is determined can help divorcing couples avoid unnecessary disputes and acrimony during the divorce process and help them move forward towards a positive future following divorce.

Source: Orlando Political Observer, "Parent's Organization comes out in favor of Alimony Reform Bill," Frank Torres, Feb. 6, 2017

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