Rick Scott vetoes so-called alimony reform


Governor Scott has decided to veto the so-called alimony reform legislation, according to the House sponsor of the bill, Representative Rich Workman.

Workman tweeted tonight, “The governor has decided to veto alimony reform.”

The bill would have banned permanent alimony, while also limiting alimony payments based on income and the length of marriage.

In vetoing the bill, Scott said he could not sign it because the law would be applied retroactively and would “tamper with the settled expectations of many Floridians who have experienced divorce.”

As the measure marched to passage, lawmakers heard painful tales of ex-spouses who have suffered financially due to either too much alimony or not enough. Workman brandished a binder he said was full of such horror stories supporting the measure.

Opponents – including the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar – say the bill would have been unfair to those who have been out of the workforce for years to raise children, predominantly women.

Carin Porras, Chair of the Family Law Section, “applauded Scott for his courageous action in vetoing legislation that would have made the lives of countless Floridians much harder. Senate Bill 718 would have left many women with diminished means, depriving them of their vested contractual rights that their ex-spouses agreed to.”

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this post.



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