Late in the day on Thursday, April 18th, the Florida House of Representatives passed the same alimony bill that successfully made it through the Senate. The Governor is expected to sign it into law and it will take effect on July 1st.
A detailed summary of the changes can be found in our blog from one week ago. The highlights are as follows:
Permanent alimony is eliminated.
The length of specific terms for durational alimony (alimony to be paid for a specific number of years) is cut in half.
The amount of monthly payments to be made is reduced based upon the income of the paying spouse.
What effects most people is that many previous permanent alimony cases can now be brought back into court for changes based on the new statute.
Contact one of the family law attorneys at Givens Givens Sparks to discuss how this new law may affect your case.