On May 1, 2013, Governor Rick Scott vetoed Florida Alimony Reform Bill, SB718. Florida Senator Kelli Stargell and Florida Representative Ritch Workman have indicated that they intend to reintroduce alimony reform legislation in the 2014 session of the Florida Legislature. Senator Kelli Stargell and Florida Representative Ritch Workman stated that they will work with fellow legislators and Governor Scott in an attempt to pass reform legislation in the upcoming session of the Florida Legislature.
At the present time, Florida’s alimony statute states that if the court finds that a party has an actual need and that the other party has the ability to pay, then in determining the proper type and amount of alimony, the court is directed to consider the following factors: (a) the standard of living established during the course of the marriage; (b) the duration of the marriage; (c) the age and the physical and emotional condition of each party; (d) the financial resources of each party; (e) the earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the parties and, when applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable such party to find appropriate employment; (f) the contribution of each party to the marriage, including, but not limited to, services rendered in homemaking, child care, education, and career building of the other party; (g) the responsibilities each party will have with regard to any minor children they have in common (h) the tax treatment and consequences to both parties of any award; (i) all sources of income available to either party; and (j) any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the parties.
To speak with a divorce attorney in Palm Beach Gardens about alimony, contact Matthew Lane & Associates, P.A. at (561) 651-7273.