State Senate passes divisive alimony, child custody revisions


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – An emotionally charged bill revising alimony and child custody in Florida is a step closer to becoming law.

The state Senate approved the bill 24-14 Friday. Bill sponsor Sen. Kelli Stargel says supporter Rep. Colleen Burton has agreed to bring it to the House floor instead of a similar House bill Burton sponsored.

The legislation ends lifetime alimony, replacing it with formulas for amounts and duration depending on the length of the marriage and the spouses’ incomes. It urges judges to consider equal time sharing with children between two divorcing parents.

Backers say the bill would bring consistency and predictability to alimony awards, cutting down on litigation. Opponents say it would harm women who give up careers to be stay-home mothers and could push judges away from putting children’s best interests foremost.THE STORIES OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON:

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