Issues to Support

Current Legislation

SB 1796 Dissolution of Marriage, aka the “Alimony Bill,” has been sent to Gov. DeSantis. This legislation would have devastating effects on many divorced women and children in Florida. He has 15 days to either sign it into law, veto it, or do nothing which allows it to become law without his signature at the end of that time. This same bill was vetoed twice by then Gov. Scott and we urge you now to contact Gov. DeSantis to also VETO the bill. His phone number is (850) 717-9337 and you can email him at GovernorRon.Desantis@eog.myflorida.com.

To refresh your memory, here are some talking points about this bill:

Talking Points

  • There is no problem with current law. It already stipulates the court may award alimony only after initially determining that one spouse needs alimony, and the other spouse is able to pay alimony. As such, alimony may not be awarded when the requesting spouse has no actual need for support or when the other spouse has no ability to pay. 
  • This bill aims to eliminate the court’s determination and reduce further the amount and length of time that financial support can be received. Where does that leave the 63-year-old homemaker spouse divorced after 20 years or more of marriage when the alimony ends? 
  • The bill would be retroactive which would modify or eliminate any alimony judgment entered by a court before the statute takes effect. This is expected to re-open tens of thousands of past settled divorce cases and throw the lives of primarily women and children into chaos.
  • The bill would eliminate any consideration of adultery, even where there has been depletion of assets in financing the “fling.”
  • The bill would mandate 50/50 custody of minor children which flies in the face of judicial standards to do what is best for the child. It is assumed this point will be used by the wealthier spouse as a bargaining chip to reduce child support payments.

Here is also a recent article from Florida Phoenix that explains the bill: ‘First Wives’ urge DeSantis to veto reform that lets wealthy ex-husbands undo alimony pledges – Florida Phoenix