Governor Scott vetoes alimony bill . . . again

For the second time in 3 years, Florida’s governor, Rick Scott vetoed the proposed bill that would have ended permanent alimony as we know it and dictated equal time sharing for both parents. Alimony as it stands today comes in many shapes, from temporary, bridge the gap, lump sum, permanent, durational, and rehabilitative. The big issue in this bill would have established a definite length of time alimony, if the entitlement can be proven, would last. The current law has no bright line for termination of a permanent alimony payment, but it can always end if a substantial change in either party’s income is proven (absent an agreement otherwise).  It seems as if everyone wants alimony reform, but by tying it to equal time sharing, it will fail just.