Florida Alimony law- Modification of Alimony

Many people who are paying alimony are disheartened over the recent failure of  Governor Scott’s  veto of  Florida Senate Bill 718. “Permanent alimony”  is typically not permanent. It is modifiable or terminable  based upon a substantial change in circumstances. However,  keep in mind that existing Florida statutory law  as well as  the case law interpreting the same provides for modification and termination of alimony on a number of grounds. If you have suffered a loss of income or you have greater necessary expenses, or,  the receiving former spouse has a greater income or lesser financial needs, you might want to consider a modification action.  The statutory principles for determining alimony are found in Fla. Stat. 61.08. I’ve added a link for that. Also,  the receiving former spouse may be living in a mutually supportive relationship.  Thus, the provisions of  Fla. Stat. 61.14 may apply.  Check out Fla. Stat. 61.08 and 61.14 at the following links:

  1. http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String&URL=0000-0099/0061/Sections/0061.08.html 
  2. http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?mode=View%20Statutes&SubMenu=1&App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=61.14&URL=0000-0099/0061/Sections/0061.14.html

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