J. Melanie Slaughter, P.A.

New year, new rules for Florida divorce?

Halloween has passed, and the holiday season has officially begun. Before Florida residents can catch their breath, it will be time to ring in a new year. Law makers are already looking to 2020 and a possible shakeup of the way courts handle divorce proceedings

Most people have probably heard the word alimony, which is defined as the payment of financial provisions from one spouse to the other in the event of divorce. Currently, most alimony orders have no end date, and the spouse responsible for making the payments may end up paying for the rest of the recipient's life. Some law makers feel that this is unfair, and it also creates a negative habit of dependence on the recipient's end. 

Lawmakers are now toying with the idea of introducing a new bill in 2020 that might change the alimony scenario. While no bill has been formally introduced, representatives on both sides of the argument are hard at work bolstering their side of the case. It is expected that proposed changes might allow a judge to put an end date on alimony payments, and experts on both sides are trying to determine what is fair in a modern divorce. 

When a Florida resident is preparing for divorce, he or she may feel overwhelmed with what may appear to be a lengthy legal process. Many people headed for divorce court choose to consult a knowledgeable attorney. An attorney can familiarize a client with the proceedings and prepare for the day that the judge finalizes a divorce. Divorce is an emotional process, but it does not have to be stressful. An attorney can help a client look forward to new beginnings for the new year ahead. 

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