SB 718 and HB 231 seek to make significant, far reaching and harmful changes to Florida's current alimony statutes. These one-sided bills favor alimony payors, ignore the rights of alimony recipients, will eliminate stay-at-home parents and be destructive to Florida’s families and children.
- Executive Office of the Governor of the State of Florida
Governor Rick Scott
- Florida State House
- Florida Governor
I am writing you to ask you to veto SB 718 and HB 231, legislation that seeks to change Florida law and mandate a presumption that children throughout the state spend an equal number of overnights with each parent after a divorce or paternity action regardless of the needs and developmental stages of children and the circumstances of that particular family; reduce the length and amount of all future alimony awards absent special circumstances; eliminate permanent alimony; create a presumption of no alimony in every marriage of less than 10 years duration and allow a retroactive termination or reduction of existing alimony awards and agreements based on the bills even though the Senate Rules Committee Staff Analysis acknowledges that portion may be unconstitutional and that it may increase judicial workload. These one-sided bills favor alimony payors, ignore the rights of alimony recipients, will eliminate stay-at-home parents and be destructive to Florida’s families and children. I oppose these unjust bills and encourage each member of the Florida Legislature to vote against them, and strongly urge you to veto this legislation should it pass.
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