TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Florida House has passed a bill intended to overhaul what critics say is the state’s antiquated alimony law.
Rep. Ritch Workman’s bill (HB 549) Thursday was passed by the House on an 83-30 vote. The
Melbourne Republican said the measure will ensure alimony is fair to both ex-spouses.
It would end “permanent” lifetime alimony in favor of “long-term” support that has a foreseeable end.
A man with the Florida Alimony Reform group earlier told a committee he was still paying alimony to his wife decades after their divorce because she refuses to work.
Opponents said it will just make it harder for women in particular to get much-needed alimony support. The bill now goes to the Senate.