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FL alimony reform bill awaits Governor's signature

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A recently passed bill awaiting Governor Rick Scott's signature could bring an end to permanent alimony paid by a splitting spouse.

Linda Murray, of St. Petersburg, divorced her husband in 2007. She's keeping close eye on what lawmakers in Tallahassee are doing.

"There has got to be a way to come up with a better solution than to do a cookie cutter, what they have done with this bill," Murray said.

The alimony reform bill would limit the length and amount a spouse would have to pay in a divorce.

Murray added, "I am concerned about where are the case studies about is going to happen to the women that are going to be cut off and how is that going to affect their lives."

Tampa divorce attorney Stan Givens says men would be the winners if the bill becomes law, since the majority of alimony payments are made by men.

"The one thing this does is it drastically reduces the amount that will be paid in alimony in the future," said Givens.  "If you are on the receiving side then this is a drastic measure."

Republican representative Rich Workman, who's divorced, sponsored the bill.  Opponents of the bill say it would especially hurt stay at home moms. 

"Is this going to change society so that women do pursue their careers more,I don't know.  If you look at just this one thing that influences it that certainly is an influence for everybody to go out to work and start their own careers," Givens said.

Governor Scott has not said if he'll sign the bill.

Linda Murray added, "I just pray that Rick Scott is brave enough to not sign it and to veto it and to say we need to look at this a little closer and see how it is going to affect out state."

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