Alimony Reform Bill, SB 718, passes CONVINCINGLY 29 to 11 by the Florida Senate. The Bill will now go to the House Floor for a Vote and passage and then (hopefully ) for signature by the Governor.
Date: Tuesday 04/04/13
We will keep updating the public and our elected officials and their staff on each bill's progress as they move through the various legislative committees. Keep coming back to our website for updates.
Senator Kelli Stargel - Sponsor of Alimony Reform Bill in the Florida Senate
No stranger to the State Capital, Senator Stargel served the people of District 64 as a Florida State Representative from 2008-2012. We anticipate that Senator Stargel will see significant interest from her fellow senators on both sides of the aisle in serving as co-sponsors of this important piece of legislation.
The current alimony laws in Florida allow an alimony recipient to go after a new spouse's income should the alimony payer ever choose to remarry. It's called an "alimony modification", and it can be granted since there's now more family income. This effectively results in preventing people from remarrying a new spouse due to the very real threat of the alimony payer being dragged back into court by their former spouse years after the divorce was supposedly settled.
Florida Alimony Reform believes that alimony should work like child support - a fixed amount for a fixed duration. No one fights about child support. Alimony should not be any different. The bill that Senator Stargel is sponsoring will help to end outrageous legal fees and promote fairness for all of Florida's families.
Once the Senate Bill is filed, we will announce it on our website.
Click here to be directed to Senator Kelli Stargel's Florida Senate website page.
Click here to be directed to Senator Kelli Stargel's Facebook profile.
Representative Ritch Workman - Sponsor of Alimony Reform Bill in the Florida House
Representative Workman was first elected to the Florida House in 2008. He is the Chairman of the House Finance and Tax Subcommittee and serves as a member of several other committees as well. Representative Workman has brought the bill back to the Capital for action in 2013 to finish the work he started last year when HB549 overwhelmingly passed by a nearly 3 to 1 margin.
Click here to visit Rep. Ritch Workman's Florida House of Representatives website page.
Click here to visit Representative Ritch Workman's Facebook profile.