For years, Florida lawmakers have been trying to revise the state’s provisions on alimony, particularly permanent alimony. After Senate Bill 1922 and House Bill 1559 made it through State Congress only to be vetoed by the Governor, State Senator Joseph Gruters (R-Florida) introduced SB 1796. The bill, which is currently being considered in the Senate would require the court to “prioritize certain forms of alimony” and authorize the court to “grant permanent alimony only if both parties enter into such agreement,” effectively eliminating permanent alimony.
The bill would also change the factors the court considers in alimony claims, give credit for alimony paid during the divorce process, and allow the receiving spouse to remarry or cohabitate without impacting the alimony they receive.
Alimony reform has been a hot button issue in Florida, and SB 1796 still faces a multitude of legal hurdles before it becomes law. The bill is certain to face adjustments in the House and still needs to clear the Governor’s desk, but if it is passed, it will go into effect as early as July 1, 2022.
If you are interested, you can read the bill in its entirety by opening the PDF on the Florida Senate website.
Staying Up to Date on Alimony Laws
Buckmaster & Ellzey is tracking SB 1796 carefully because we represent both seekers and payors of alimony. Rest assured that we seek what is best for each of our clients and always work within the most up-to-date laws.
We have over 40 years of legal experience helping our clients when the law affects their families, and we guide them through the legal process while providing pertinent, personalized advice and protecting their rights.
Our team can help you, too. Whether you are going through a divorce and seeking alimony, trying to avoid crippling lifelong alimony payments, or trying to spend more time with your children, we are here to provide client-focused representation throughout the entire legal process.
While State Congress figures out what to do with alimony reform, you can start protecting your family and your future.
Simply call us or send a text message to (888) 785-6548 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today.