Florida Alimony Reform 2022: What you need to know

Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed Senate Bill 1796 at the end of June, which would have retroactively abolished permanent alimony and prioritized 50/50 timesharing in the state of Florida. The main reason for the veto was the fact that this new legislation would have undone thousands of pre-existing alimony and custody settlements. DeSantis stated that retroactively changing alimony agreements (as the bill suggested) was unconstitutional.

What does this mean for your alimony settlement?

If you have an existing alimony agreement with your ex, nothing changes. If you’re currently going through the process of creating an alimony agreement, understand that you can still file for alimony modification if there are major changes in either person’s financial situation since the time alimony was agreed upon.

Do you need to pay alimony forever in Florida?

Not all alimony agreements are permanent, but those that are will remain so. Lifetime alimony can occur if the marriage lasted longer than 17 years. Lifetime alimony lasts until one party dies or until the alimony recipient gets re-married. Lifetime alimony remains in place if the alimony payer gets re-married but the recipient is not re-married.

Has timesharing changed in Florida?

Nothing will change for any timesharing agreement in Florida. If you need to change your current agreement for any reason, you can still file for a child custody modification.

How do you change alimony and custody agreements?

If you are unhappy with the outcome of your current alimony or custody settlement, it’s in your best interest to hire a family lawyer to modify your agreements as necessary.