Alimony Reform Bill is Vetoed

Okay, this news is a few weeks old, but it is big news.  Family law attorneys can, for at least a short while, rest easy knowing that old cases are not going to be reopened with a new law that would apply retroactively nor will equal timesharing (50/50) become the presumed norm.  I suspect, however, this reprieve will be short lived.  With the reform bill making it all the way to the Governor’s desk, it is only a matter of time before the issue is reintroduced and pushed through the legislature for a another bite at the apple.  The Governor vetoed the bill stating that because it would apply retroactively it was problematic – most likely unconstitutional.  If this is the only block to its passage, the issue is easily fixed leaving open for consideration alimony reform and new timesharing presumptions.  All those interested in practicing family law should pay close attention to the next legislation session – family law practice in Florida, as we know it, is going to change “for better or for worse.”