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Alimony Bill Vetoed by Florida Governor

Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed SB 668, objecting to a 50/50 time-sharing provision in the bill that would have mandated that the courts presume equal time-sharing between parents is in the best interest of the child.

This means that the presumption remains that permanent alimony should be awarded in a divorce case in which the parties are married 17 years or more. The veto also means that there is no “bright-line” age at which one is entitled to retire and automatically to 
get a modification of alimony. It will continue to be a case-by-case analysis.

The veto also means that there is no set formula to determine the amount of alimony. The proposed legislation would have included a formula based upon the disparity in income of the spouses and the length of the marriage.

Likewise, the veto means that there is no presumption that parents should have 50/50 timesharing or that they should not have 50/50 timesharing. With no presumption, the court must decide time-sharing based upon the facts of each case and what it determines to be in the child’s best interests.

It is likely that the next legislative session (next year) will try again, leaving out the time-sharing aspect and focusing purely on alimony.