Enact alimony reform

 

Gov. Scott says that he is undecided as to whether to sign SB 718/HB 231, the alimony-reform recently passed by the Legislature. He is concerned about women’s rights that may be affected by the bill. He should be.

But he should also be concerned about the rights of women who would like to marry the man that they love, and enjoy all the benefits and “rights” that come with being a spouse, but cannot do so because of a previous divorce. This bill was written in the days when divorce was not as common, and women were not as prevalent in the workforce as they are today.

It is understandable to have to pay a defined amount when divorcing someone who may have given up a well-paying job or passed on education or training to be a homemaker. It is also reasonable to pay for a defined amount of time when an ex-spouse needs that time to regain their independence.

It is not fair or just to order a person to support an ex-spouse forever. And it’s ridiculous to allow a new spouse’s income to be factored into the amount of alimony being paid.

Fair and just should apply to all parties involved.

Alan Heck, Delray Beach

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