The fight to reform Florida’s alimony laws goes on despite Gov. Scott’s veto of legislation passed during the past session.
As a family-law attorney, I agree there need to be some revisions made to alimony laws, just not to the extent that the Family Law Reform group is proposing.
The portion of the original bill that was most unfair was the retroactive provision, particularly to women and alimony recipients who mobilized in protest. As a result, the governor vetoed the bill. Constitutional scholars questioned the legality of the retroactive provisions. The Constitution prohibits states from making laws that impair existing contracts, which the retroactive portion of the bill would have done.
Family Law Reform, and those who support its efforts, should utilize the expertise of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar. Collaboration is the best way to come up with an alimony bill that is fair to everyone in light of the changing economic environment for both husbands and wives.
Barry Finkel, former chair, Family Law Section of Broward County Bar Association, Fort Lauderdale