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The New Alimony Statute 

The New Alimony Statute 

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We’ve got some exciting news to share that’s all about making your journey through divorce a bit smoother. 🌟 

So, on June 30, 2023, a game-changing alimony reform bill (or Alimony Statute) was officially signed into law in Florida. We’re here to break it down for you in simple terms, without the legal jargon – think of us as your friendly guide through this process. 

Starting July 1, 2023, this reform bill will shake things up in how alimony is awarded in family law cases. First things first, it’s changing how we measure the length of marriages. A short-term marriage is now less than ten (10) years, a moderate-term marriage spans between ten (10) and twenty (20) years, and a long-term marriage lasts twenty (20) years or more. The clock ticks from the wedding day to the divorce filing date. 

Now, let’s talk alimony types. Say goodbye to “permanent alimony” – it’s out. The spotlight is on four (4) types: temporary, rehabilitative, durational, and bridge-the-gap alimony. They can be one-time lump sums or periodic payments. 

Rehabilitative alimony is like a boost for your ex to gain skills and independence. But here’s the catch – it won’t last more than five (5) years under the new reform. Bridge-the-gap alimony, a two-year support plan, is designed to ease the transition from married to single life. 

Durational alimony has some percentages attached. It can’t exceed 50% of a short-term marriage, 60% of a moderate-term one, or 75% of a long-term commitment. And here’s the kicker – only under exceptional circumstances can it be extended by a Florida court. The amount? Well, it won’t go beyond 35% of the difference in your incomes, or whichever is less. 

Now, the nitty-gritty – the new law allows the courts to consider adultery when deciding alimony. And don’t worry, we’re still sticking to the nine (9) factors, but now, they might take into account supportive relationships or the possibility of one party retiring. 

For those looking at modifications, here’s a heads-up. Courts can now reduce or terminate alimony when the payor hits retirement age. That’s either the Social Security Administration’s age or the customary retirement age for their profession. 

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