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The Alimony Reform Bill

Alimony award change expected in 2014 or 2015

Family Law Attorney Joel H. Feldman

“Alimony reform legislation is on the minds of quite a few people these days. If you’re likely to pay alimony, you may be getting advice to delay your trial. If you’re likely to receive alimony, you may be getting advice to get to trial quickly,” says Joel Feldman, founding partner of Feldman & Schneiderman, P.L., a family and matrimonial law firm in Boca Raton, Florida.

“A lot of attention is being paid to alimony reform. Efforts to limit permanent alimony and standardize how alimony is determined already have been introduced in the Florida Legislature. The Family Law Section of The Florida Bar and the Florida Alimony Reform Law PAC are working to try to come up with a comprehensive bill that can be effective for long-term and short-term marriages and that gives both husbands and wives more understanding of the likelihood and amount of alimony that may be awarded.”

“It is not certain that major revisions to the alimony statutes will be adopted in 2014. There may be some minor changes, with more comprehensive legislation passed in 2015,” says Feldman, “but major changes are now a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’.”