Florida lawmakers recently tried to make changes to the state’s alimony laws. According to WFSU, a digital news service that covers stories in North Florida and South Georgia, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently vetoed a bill that would’ve changed how alimony worked in the state when a paying spouse retires.
Reportedly, the bill, SB 1796, would have changed the rules for modifying alimony when the paying spouse retires. Critics argue that the changes the bill calls for would lead to older spouses who receive alimony struggling financially at a time in their lives when they have few, if any, options for increasing their income.
Does Alimony Change If the Paying Spouse Retires?
When we move into a new chapter of our life, we expect things to change. In many instances, that’s the case. However, when it comes to permanent alimony, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
In some instances, permanent alimony can’t be modified in Florida. Generally, this is the case if the divorce settlement agreement includes terms that make alimony payments non-modifiable. However, many divorce agreements don’t include clauses that prevent alimony from being modified. In those situations, if a paying spouse retires, they may have the option of pursuing a modification of their alimony agreement.
If they do, ultimately, it will be up to the court to decide whether a divorced couple’s alimony arrangement can be modified, and if so, how much it can be modified.
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