Florida Governor Rick Scott Vetoes Bill To End Permanent Alimony

The bill would have ended permanent alimony in the state

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    Gov. Rick Scott vetoed SB 718, which would have ended permanent alimony in Florida, on Wednesday. He's seen here speaking to the media after he toured a manufacturing facility in Miami on Jan. 10.

    Gov. Rick Scott has vetoed a bill that would have ended permanent alimony in Florida.

    Scott vetoed the bill (SB 718) on Wednesday — just four hours before the midnight deadline to approve or veto the bill. The bill automatically would have become law if Scott had done nothing by then.

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    Lawmakers in Tallahassee have cleared the way for Florida to become one of the few states to drastically change the way alimony works. Politicians are making decisions that will impact families and should proceed accordingly, Nova Southeastern University law professor Michael Vale said. Lakeland State Sen. Kelli Stargel and Barbara Devane of NOW also comment

    Florida also would have set limits on the amount of alimony and how long one would receive financial support from an ex-spouse.

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    Legislation in Tallahassee would prohibit alimony below 11 years of marriage.

    The bill would have made it harder to get alimony in short-term marriages. And it would have prevented alimony payments from lasting longer than one-half of the length of the marriage.

    The bill also would have required judges to give divorced parents equal custody of their children absent extraordinary circumstances.

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