Changes might be coming regarding alimony payments in Florida, if proposed bills pass both the House and Senate. The proposed changes, however, faced opposition last year and did not pass, due to an equal parenting time clause. The House might be voting first on the updated bill and it would then go to the Senate.
The goal of the bills is to establish an official formula judges can use to determine alimony payments when couples divorce. The length of alimony payments would be calculated by using the number of years the marriage lasted. The amount of the payments would be calculated using the couple’s gross income. The formula would take the income of the paying spouse minus the income of the spouse who is petitioning for alimony.
One of the proposed changes is the restructuring of short and long term marriages. Currently, for court purposes there are three categories of marriages: short term, midterm and long term marriages. The midterm category would be eliminated and the long term category, which currently includes marriages of over 17 years, would be changed to be marriages of over 20 years. Another change is the elimination of certain categories of alimony, including permanent, rehabilitative, durational, and bridge-the-gap alimony. Additionally, people in marriages that lasted less than two years would be ineligible to file for alimony.
Alimony payments can significantly impact a family’s quality of life, so it is important to know the amount and duration of possible payments to financially plan for the future. With so many changes possible if these proposed bills pass, a person undergoing a divorce and involved in a claim for alimony might benefit from the guidance offered by Hillsborough County Alimony Lawyers, which might include the interpretation of any new legislation and the real-life implications of the changes.