No More Permanent Alimony In Florida

No More Permanent Alimony In FloridaIf there are children involved, one of the biggest issues in a divorce may be child support or custody. If there are no children involved, then alimony is likely the biggest trigger. Florida has been known for having the most lenient and outdated alimony laws.

That is now changing. Florida was one of just seven states with permanent alimony. Gov. Ron DeSantis has worked hard to overhaul the state’s alimony laws and the Sunshine State is now putting an end to lifelong alimony payments. The law became effective on July 5.

While payers are celebrating, of course, some people are in an uproar over the approval. Members of the “First Wives Advocacy Group” are upset over the ban on permanent alimony. This group consists of mostly older women who receive permanent alimony. They claim their lives will change drastically without the payments, and they will suffer financial devastation.

The effort to do away with permanent alimony has been many years in the making. It has been a highly contentious issue, spurring pleas from ex-spouses who said they had been forced to work long past retirement age because they had to make alimony payments.

The bill’s passing got the approval of The Florida Bar’s Family Law Section and Florida Family Fairness. According to Florida Family Fairness, anything that “adds clarity and ends permanent alimony is a win for Florida families.”

Our family law attorneys are focused on efficiently and effectively preparing clients for the most difficult circumstances. The attorneys at HAWM law have experience dealing with an array of family law matters and can prepare the necessary and often unique strategy and tools that your family may require.

While the law does not automatically get rid of permanent alimony orders already in place, the measure will set up a process for ex-spouses who want to seek modifications to alimony agreements when they want to retire. The new law allows payers to request a modification once they reach full retirement age as defined by the Social Security Administration, which is age 66 or 67, depending on their year of birth. Judges will be able to reduce or terminate alimony payments after considering a number of factors, such as the:

  • Age and health of the payer
  • Customary retirement age of that person’s occupation
  • Economic impact a reduction in alimony would have on the alimony recipient
  • Motivation for retirement and likelihood of returning to work for the payer

The new law will also allow alimony payers to seek modifications if “a supportive relationship exists.” This primarily applies to alimony recipients who are in a cohabitation relationship and are living with a romantic partner. However, the provision is vague and there is concern that the courts could apply it to temporary roommates who help alimony recipients cover living expenses.

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Alimony has always been an issue in Florida, but the end of permanent alimony has made divorces less stressful for divorcing Florida couples.

Need help navigating your divorce and other family law issues? Contact the experienced Florida family law professionals at HAWM Law. Our family law attorneys are focused on efficiently and effectively preparing clients for the most difficult circumstances. Schedule a consultation today by calling (407) 802-3223 or going online.

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