The Florida legislature has been working on alimony reform for the last couple of years with an alimony reform bill in 2013 that was vetoed by Governor Scott. After the 2013 veto, the Legislature went back to the drawing board and passed another reform bill this year. Even after the Legislature responded to Governor Scott’s criticism from the 2013 veto and made changes to the bill, the Governor again vetoed the 2016 bill. Information regarding the bill can be found here.
Currently, alimony is subject to quite a bit of judicial discretion which creates a lack of certainty and increases the costs of litigating the issue. The bill would have removed most of the uncertainty by creating a formula based on income levels and the length of the marriage. While alimony will most likely be reformed in Florida at some point, it is looking highly unlikely that it will happen on Governor Scott’s watch.