Bill ending permanent alimony in Florida waits for governor - FOX 35 News Orlando

Bill ending permanent alimony in Florida waits for governor's signature

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A bill that ends permanent alimony in Florida is in the hands of the governor to be signed into law.

Florida bill SB 718 sets limits on the amount of alimony and how long someone would receive financial support from an ex-spouse. It also would allow judges to make adjustments and change existing deals.

The Republican-backed law ties alimony payments to the length of the marriage. It would be harder to get alimony in short-term marriages. Payments generally would be limited to not more than half the duration of the marriage.

The bill also would impose caps based on salary, and judges would have to grant equal child custody in most cases.

The legislation is being criticized by some women's groups, democratic lawmakers and family court lawyers, who are expected to ask Gov. Rick Scott to reject the bill.

The Associated Press was used in this report.

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