Alimony reform bills propose relief from lifelong payments

Victor Everett

Divorced Crestview native and Iraq War veteran Victor Everett says he supports alimony reform in Florida.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM.

CRESTVIEW — The days of a Florida ex-spouse potentially paying alimony even after death may end if reform bills working their way through the Legislature make it to the governor's desk.

"What we are talking about is trying to put fairness into the law," John Fromularo, Northwest Florida representative of Florida Alimony Reform, said while speaking to the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce Government Issues Committee.

Alimony types include "bridge the gap," which helps the ex-spouse during a transition from being married to single; durational, from two years to the marriage's length; rehabilitative, paid until an ex-spouse is self-supporting; and permanent, Fromularo said.

House bill 231, co-sponsored by area Rep. Matt Gaetz, and Senate bill 718 would reform five areas, as follows:

Remove "permanent alimony."

"We have people paying permanent alimony on four-, six- or 10-year marriages," Fromularo said.

Permanent alimony may dissuade divorced people from remarrying because they want to avoid paying alimony if their next marriage fails or they're receiving money they would lose if they remarry.

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