Alimony is an important part of the divorce process. For many individuals, spousal support payments provide stability during a time of change and are not always permanent. There are multiple types of alimony payments in Florida; whichever is selected depends on the couple's circumstances.
However, Florida legislators have been hard at work, and a new bill that will change Florida's stance on permanent alimony is on the verge of being passed.
What About Permanent Alimony?
Currently, in Florida, there is the possibility of paying permanent alimony or spousal support payments. This means that one spouse can expect to make payments to their ex-spouse for an indefinite amount of time. However, if this bill is passed, that will no longer be an option. This means that the person ordered to pay alimony will only have to do so for a set period of time, after which they will no longer be responsible for making any payments.
Is The Change Fair?
Some people are against this change, as it could potentially leave someone who was relying on those payments in a difficult financial situation. Some individuals require alimony payments to maintain their lifestyle and thrive. In these instances, removing the option to obtain permanent alimony can drastically impact their life.
However, others argue that it is unfair to ask one person to make payments indefinitely, especially if the couple has been divorced for many years. This bill aims to create a more fair system, where both parties are able to move on with their lives after divorce without being tied to one another financially.
Have Questions About Alimony?
Do you have questions about potential alimony changes in Florida? The team at The Law Office Of Yeazell And Sweet can help answer them.
To schedule a consultation, call our office at (813) 285-5705 or visit us online.