Alimony reform heads to governor
by Dan Sweeney of the Sun Sentinel
A bill that would end permanent alimony in Florida and replace it with a mathematical formula to determine the amount and duration of alimony payments is headed to Gov. Rick Scott.
The law would not apply retroactively but it does allow the payer to renegotiate terms due to retirement or another life-changing event that affects the ability to pay. Similarly, it would allow for a modification of payments if the person receiving alimony got a pay raise of 10 percent or more.
But all of those modifications would have to be approved by a judge, so supporters argue a significant raise on a small salary – for example, going from $9 per hour to $10 per hour – would be unlikely to change alimony payments.
The new law would only apply to "proceedings in which the initial petition for dissolution of marriage or initial petition to establish a parenting plan or time-sharing schedule is filed on or after October 1, 2016."..........
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