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The Status Of Alimony Law In Florida

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Since the 1940s, the alimony tax rules have been one of the few constants in Florida divorce cases. Under existing guidelines, spousal support payments are tax-deductible and obligee spouses must report these payments as income. At the end of 2018, both these rules change. Alimony payments will no longer be tax-deductible and recipients will… Read More »


Some Spousal Support Basics In Florida

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The wave of alimony reform that swept over a number of other states in the early and mid-2010s never came ashore in the Sunshine State. Governor Rick Scott vetoed two alimony reform bills during this period, even though reformers charged that Florida’s laws on the subject were “outdated” and “not equitable.” Types of Spousal… Read More »


How The Judge Determines Alimony In Florida

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Spousal support is not automatic in a Port St. Lucie divorce, but most judges grant at least some alimony in the vast majority of Treasure Coast marriage dissolution cases. Before making such a move, the judge essentially considers the obligor’s ability to pay and the obligee’s economic need. As these items vary significantly among… Read More »


Spousal Support In Florida: A Primer

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Little has been heard about alimony reform in the Sunshine State since lawmakers pronounced the most recent bill dead in March 2017. Governor Rick Scott vetoed the first reform measure on a technicality, and a last minute add-on led to the demise of the 2016 bill after the Florida Bar Association withdrew its support…. Read More »


Back For Round Three?

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After months of inactivity, and still stinging from two resounding defeats, alimony reformers may be up for another go in 2017. The Florida Family Law Bar indicated that it might sponsor another bill in the upcoming session, since a last-minute time sharing add-on probably killed the previous measure. One attorney wants to see a… Read More »

Key Alimony Reform Figure Returns To State Senate

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Redistricting forced GOP Senator Kelli Stargel to move from the 15th to the 22nd District, and on election night, she defeated Democrat incumbent Debra Wright. Sen. Stargell raised almost twenty times more money than Sen. Wright, and she carried both Polk and Lake Counties. The overall count was 53.5 percent for Sen. Stargell and… Read More »

All Quiet On The Western Front

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Advocates are apparently still licking their wounds after Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed a second spousal support reform bill in April 2016. According to a recent survey, most Floridians support alimony reform, so it will probably happen eventually. Other states, including Illinois, New Jersey, and South Carolina, have significantly re-tooled their alimony laws in… Read More »

Spousal Support In The Sunshine State

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Twice in the last three years, alimony reformers nearly succeeded in their efforts to re-design the system, only to be turned away at the eleventh hour. In 2013, Governor Rick Scott vetoed a reform bill because it would have been retroactive; earlier this year, he vetoed a similar measure, citing a section that created… Read More »

Spousal Support In The Sunshine State

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In some recent presidential elections, Florida has been a battleground state that both Republicans and Democrats legitimately believed they could win. In recent years, Florida has also been a battleground state in terms of spousal support. In the last few years, alimony reformers have nearly succeeded in rewriting the spousal support laws, only to… Read More »

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