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Governor DeSantis Signs Alimony Reform Bill Into Law

July 1, 2023

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed 2023 Florida Senate Bill (S.B.) 1416 Dissolution of Marriage into law on June 30th, 2023.

Florida S.B. 1416 will now give Florida Courts the ability to take the economic situation of the payer into account when determining alimony payments to an ex-spouse. Adultery of either spouse will now be a part of the factors of consideration for alimony payment.

The legislation signed into law also has included revisions to the length of time a person may have to pay alimony to their ex-spouse and the criteria for receiving alimony. Specifically, courts are no longer allowed to award permanent lifetime alimony to anyone in a divorce.

Before the reformed law was signed, some Florida residents were having to pay alimony the rest of their life to their ex-spouse to the point of hardship and undo burden. Some payors were unable to retire as a result of the lifetime alimony requirement, needing to make monthly payments to fulfill requirements as stipulated by Florida Courts.

Indian River County resident Bill Flynn (R-Sebastian) has been a major proponent for alimony reform, citing his own experiences and hardships paying court-ordered lifetime alimony to his ex-wife.

“For years Florida was stuck in the 1800’s with the State’s alimony laws. Only four other states still have lifetime alimony. Supporters of the old law said it was simple to get the lifetime alimony payments adjusted when in reality this is not the case,” said Flynn. “The new law does not give current lifetime alimony payers relief of having to pay alimony the rest of their lives to their exes. However, the new law does stop future instances of lifetime alimony payment enslavement going forward.”

Florida S.B. 1416 took effect on July 1st, 2023.

Click here to read the enrolled copy of 2023 S.B. 1416. 

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