Florida’s new alimony statute limits durational alimony to three years or less.

The proposal, which gives divorcing couples more predictability and consistency by defining clear, unambiguous boundaries for the courts to determine the amount and length of alimony, was approved this year by Gov. Ron DeSantis and signed into law on June 30. On July 1, the bill became a law.

When SB 1416 was approved by the Florida Senate on April 19 by a vote of 34-6, Gruters told his colleagues, “As a professional who deals with divorce on an ongoing basis, you see how tough it is for families to go through this process.”

Gruters introduced SB 1796 last year, which was approved by both chambers but later overruled by the governor.

Sen. Joe Gruters, a Republican from Sarasota, has long advocated for alimony reform, but he acknowledges that when the proposal first came to him, he was adamantly opposed. But he frequently deals with divorce in his day work as a certified public accountant.

Gruters’ third attempt to pass alimony reform, SB 1416, was successful. Ten days before the session ended in 2021, he abruptly withdrew his bill after a contentious debate over its child-sharing clause.

Kay and Wartenberg stated, “We appreciate Governor DeSantis for signing legislation into law.” Crucially, the section expressed gratitude for having collaborated with the bill’s proponents during the 2023 session to make sure it wouldn’t have a detrimental effect on current alimony awards or injure Florida’s families in any other way.

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Citation: Gov. DeSantis signs alimony reform measure. (2023). Retrieved October 19, 2023, from The Florida Bar website: https://www.floridabar.org/the-florida-bar-news/gov-desantis-signs-alimony-reform-measure/

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