Viresh Dayal

Viresh Dayal
CPA*/ABV/CFF, CIRA, CFE, CVA
Principal
vdayal@mbafcpa.com
(305) 373-5500

Tami Clemenza-Wilson

Tami Clemenza-Wilson
CPA/CFF, M.S.T., Principal
twilson@mbafcpa.com
(954) 760-9000

*Licensed to practice in the states of Florida and California

Prior to the close of the last legislative session, Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed proposed changes to Florida Alimony, or so-called “Family Law Reform”. The main thrust of the reform proposal was to eliminate “permanent alimony” and set “reasonable” guidelines for the amount and duration of alimony payments. If Governor Scott had failed to veto the bill, and it became law, Florida would have become the fifth state in the union to completely outlaw permanent alimony.

The original bills, House Bill 231 and Senate Bill 718, were passed in both houses, and had bipartisan support. The House Bill passed 85-31, and The Senate Bill was approved 29-11.

  • In a statement released after the veto, Governor Scott said, while there are, “several forward looking elements of this bill, alimony represents an important remedy for our judiciary to use in providing support to families as they adjust to changes in life circumstances. As a husband, father and grandfather, I understand the vital importance of family.”
  • The Governor statement continued, “I could not support this legislation because it applies retroactively and thus tampers with the settled economic expectations of many Floridians who have experienced divorce. The retroactive adjustment of alimony could result in unfair, unanticipated results.” Family Attorneys believe it was the retroactive component of the bill that led to the Governor’s veto.

However, the group Florida Alimony Reform, says the Governor’s veto should not be seen as an overall rejection of alimony reform. They are looking forward to working with legislators and family attorneys, to put forth what they believe to be reforms the Governor will approve in the next session. The group will be holding an alimony reform summit in August.

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