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Will Florida alimony and child custody laws soon change?

We’ve talked about it time and time again – there’s a large push in our state for various changes in divorce law. No matter what area of law we are talking about, laws are constantly changing and new cases set a precedent for cases in the future. While someone who is working on completing a divorce without the help of a lawyer may think they know everything there is to know about divorce law, that may not be the case as things are constantly changing when it comes to family law in the state of Florida.

Last week a bill that would change the way alimony works passed a second committee hearing in the House. The next step is for the House to vote on it. If passed, the legislation would basically end permanent alimony.

While many are cheering for this reform, saying that those who have to pay alimony are basically stuck for life, there is definitely an opposing side as well. Groups such as the National Organization for Women say the reform would be unfair to those spouses that had to give up their careers in order to raise their children.

There is also a child custody bill that is making its way through the legislature. This bill apparently aims to provide 50-50 time-sharing between parents. We will continue to follow the progress of these bills in order to see how they will affect those who are currently going through divorce, those who have been paying alimony for years, and those who plan to divorce in the future.

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