Alimony reform bills propose relief from lifelong payments

Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM.

"(Currently), if the alimony payer remarries into a better situation, the ex-spouse can decide his or her needs went up and can demand more alimony," Fromularo said. "If you get remarried and you're doing better, that doesn't mean that your ex-spouse should get a raise."

•Provide the right to modify a judgment.

Formularo doesn't dispute the need for alimony, but he said it shouldn't be permanent.

Crestview native and Iraq War veteran Victor Everett learned firsthand the complications of divorce.

The combat-decorated former Navy corpsman, a holder of the Navy Commendation Medal for Valor, has post-traumatic stress disorder that initially resulted in permanent disability.

While dealing with combat-related medical issues, Everett and his wife divorced in 2010.

As Everett's health improved, his disability was reduced to 60 percent, which resulted in a reduction of his monthly benefits. Paying child support on top of studying at Northwest Florida State College proved difficult, and convinced him that it is time for a change.

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