How Does The New Florida Alimony Law Affect Collaborative Divorce?

On June 30, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Florida alimony reform bill into law.

Here are a few take aways from the new alimony statute:

  1. Permanent or “Lifetime Alimony” is eliminated.
  2. Adultery by either spouse may now be considered in awarding alimony, and its resulting financial impact on the spouses.
  3. The legal standard of “need” and “ability to pay”, continue to serve as the bedrock determination in any alimony claim.
  4. The spouses’ standard of living during the marriage, the duration of the marriage, the age of each spouse, and the earning capacity of each spouse continue to be important factors in determining the amount and duration of any alimony obligation.

While collaborative divorce attorneys will not litigate alimony in court, we will continue to help our clients understand how Florida divorce law applies to their unique set of circumstances, and how we can help them to craft a custom settlement agreement that is fair to both spouses.

The new alimony law in Florida will help us to provide even more clarity to both spouses on what they should expect regarding alimony.

Our knowledge of Florida divorce law, and experience in court, help us to provide families with better counsel, and better settlements outside of court.

If you, or a friend of yours, has questions about collaborative divorce in Palm Beach County, we are here to help.

Chad Layton, Esq.

Mindful Divorce, P.A.

(561) 537-8227

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Palm Beach, FL 33480

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