No fault alimony


Gov, Rick Scott’s attempt to justify his veto of alimony reform painted a deceptively rosy picture of existing Florida law. In the May 1 article, Gov. Rick Scott vetoes alimony bill, he falsely claimed that “current Florida law already provides for the adjustment of alimony under the proper circumstances.” No, it doesn’t. Florida courts sometimes impose permanent alimony on guiltless spouses after no-fault divorces. Then, in all too many cases, they improperly refuse to adjust alimony in response to circumstances plainly warranting a reduction, such as the loss of a job, bad health, or the need to retire.

These court rulings are so notorious that even I have read them, although I live hundreds of miles away, am not divorced, and don’t handle divorce cases in my legal practice. How could Scott be unaware of them? Or does he just not care?

Hans Bader, Arlington, VA

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