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Florida Law No Longer Allows Permanent Alimony


The Florida legislature has been trying to reform the law on spousal support, commonly known as alimony, for many years. Recently, lawmakers were successful with SB 1416, which has been in effect since July 1, 2023. There are a number of changes included in the law. These include the elimination of permanent spousal support, and how long it must be paid according to the length of the marriage. The new law also outlined a new formula for the calculation of support. Below, our Orlando spousal support lawyer explains more about these changes.

Permanent Spousal Support is No Longer Allowed 

Legislators eliminated permanent alimony because people who were paying it argued that they had to work long past retirement age just to afford spousal support payments. Another reason for the change was that years after a divorce, recipients should be able to support themselves. On the other hand, critics of the new law have argued that recipients will not have any means of obtaining support as they get older.

Although the changes have been heavily argued on both sides of the issue, it has not received a lot of public backlash. In fact, the Florida Family Fairness organization, as well as the Florida’s Family Law Section have come out in support of the law. Both of these groups have opposed previous proposals to change the law.

How the Duration of a Marriage Affects Spousal Support

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New Formula for Calculating Support Payments 

Previously, Florida law did not outline a formula to use when calculating spousal support payments. The new law stipulates the amount of support must not exceed 35 percent of the difference between the income of the two spouses, or the amount the recipient needs, whichever is less.

Our Spousal Support Lawyers in Orlando Can Advise On Your Case 

The divorce laws in Florida change regularly. At Anderson & Ferrin, our Orlando spousal support lawyers always stay updated on the latest changes so we can provide the sound legal advice our clients need. If you are getting a divorce, call us now at 407-412-7041 or contact us online to request a free initial consultation and to learn more.




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