This month the vote for Bills HB 1599 and SB 1922 on alimony reform was put on hold after public testimony from those who are for and against reform, particularly lifetime alimony which proponents seek to eliminate. However, if it passes, reform will also effect bridge the gap alimony, rehabilitative alimony and durational alimony as soon as July 2021. In addition to alimony, there is quite a bit of language in these Bill that reference timesharing and child support, which in the past has been the focus for many opponents of reform.
The contents of the HB 1599 and related Bills can be read in full here https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2021/1559/BillText/Filed/PDF.
Previous Attempts to Reform Alimony in Florida
In Florida, Permanent or “lifetime” alimony in particular has been an ongoing issue for opponents for seven years. This will be the fourth time that a bill has gone to the legislature. HB 1559 and SB 1922 progressed more expeditiously this time around, more so than previous attempts for reformation of Alimony in Florida, but the opposition is still strong.
“Nilo J Sanchez & Associates has no formal position on alimony reform and represents divorcing couples according to the current family law and statutes. Every divorce is unique and our commitment to our clients is backed up with expert, aggressive and knowledgeable legal counsel and representation that places the focus on a more safe and secure future for them.”
Divorcing in Tampa Bay and Worried about Alimony?
If you’re considering divorce or if you have been served with a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and you’re worried about paying or receiving alimony, please consult with Nilo J Sanchez & Associates.
Many alimony problems stem from issues that could have been avoided with proper representation and counsel. Once alimony is ordered, much like child support and timesharing, permanent and unexpected changes in circumstances is necessary in order to seek modifications. Alimony modifications are not impossible, however. Consulting with an experienced Tampa Alimony Attorney should be considered if
- You are having trouble meeting your obligation
- If you’re not receiving your ordered alimony
- If circumstances have changed with you or your ex that could support an alimony modification
Assuming your alimony cannot be modified is the wrong approach if you’re having problems. But, getting it right the first time when divorcing, is the first best step to ensuring the very best outcome.
Alimony and child support are somewhat intertwined particularly in higher alimony awards. If you have minor children and you are divorcing, it is highly beneficial to hire a dedicated Tampa Florida Family Law and Divorce Attorney. Mr. Sanchez has been specializing in Florida Family Law for over 25 years. He offers both the knowledge and skill you will need when negotiating the terms of your settlement as well as being a formidable divorce litigation attorney in Tampa Bay should your case go to trial.
Tampa Alimony & Divorce Attorneys Nilo J Sanchez & Associates
Our attorneys utilize a collaborative approach through mediation, negotiations and marital settlement agreements with divorce litigation options should it be determined to offer the best results or you reach an impasse and end up going to trial. Our firm can also accommodate you if you prefer a full collaborative approach- Read more: Collaborative divorce Tampa, FL
Nilo J Sanchez & Associates will keep you updated on the current attempt to reform Florida Alimony. In the meantime, however, the current laws and statutes apply. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call 813-879-4600 or use the form below to send us a secure message.