Well, let's all wish them good luck down in the sunshine state this year. They work hard and they deserve far better than they have been getting. The alimony laws in Florida certainly do need reforming.
HOUSE ALIMONY REFORM CLEARS FINAL PANEL
A bill aimed at effectively ending permanent alimony is heading to the House floor after clearing its final committee of reference on Thursday.
The Judiciary Committee approved the measure (HB 455), sponsored by Republican state Rep. Colleen Burton of Lakeland, by a 14-3 vote.
Chiefly, the measure limits judges’ discretion in awarding alimony by providing guidelines for how much an ex-spouse should get and for how long.
The idea is that “no matter where you live, you can anticipate you will receive equal treatment,” Burton said.
Her bill picked up a key Democratic supporter in state Rep. Jared Moskowitz of Coral Springs, a self-described “child of divorce.”
He said he knows from first-hand experience that “an indefinite financial relationship between two divorced parents is bad for the children.”.........................
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Alimony overhaul on the move in House
By Dara Kam
The News Service of Florida
Published: Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:13 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE — A House panel signed off Thursday on a proposal that would overhaul the state's alimony laws by doing away with permanent alimony and creating a formula based on the length of marriage and the incomes of both spouses to determine payments.
Years in the making, the measure has the blessing of alimony reform advocates and the Family Law Section of The Florida Bar.
A nearly identical measure fell apart during the final days of last spring's shortened legislative session after the two sides, once at odds over alimony reform, had reached a compromise.
The effort got enmeshed last year in an acrimonious battle between two powerful Republican lawmakers, Senate budget chief Tom Lee and House Rules Chairman Ritch Workman, over whether the proposal should also address time-sharing of children between divorcing parents, something Lee wanted. Workman said the time-sharing issue killed the deal, but Lee disputed that was the reason for the bill's demise............
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