On May 1st, 2013 Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed a controversial alimony bill that had already passed through both the state House and Senate. The bill was known as Senate Bill 0718 (SB 718) and was intended to redefine the term "marital assets and liabilities" as it applied to equitable distribution in divorce cases. The bill would have also made bridge-the-gap alimony and rehabilitative alimony a priority over durational or any other form of alimony.
Had the proposed bill been approved it would have eliminated permanent alimony all together, placed the burden of proof on the party who was seeking alimony, set a cap based on the provider's income and the length of the marriage, redefined the duration of a marriage as it pertains to determining alimony, eliminated a person's standard of living as a valid factor in determining alimony eligibility and payments, prohibited the courts from taking either party's non-marital assets into consideration if they were not relied upon during the course of the marriage and more. One of the primary arguments against the bill was that it would have been implemented retroactively and thus would have given paying spouses an unfair advantage and left receiving spouses without an adequate means of survival.
With more than 26 years family law experience I have been able to amass an in-depth understanding of the law pertaining to alimony and divorce cases. I know what is required by the court to determine who will receive alimony and how much he or she will be eligible to receive. When you contact my firm I will thoroughly review your situation, analyze your assets and liabilities, advise you of your legal options and help you build an aggressive strategy for your defense. I know how difficult divorce can be. During this time in your life you can count on me and my firm to work tirelessly to help you obtain the most optimum results.
When going through a divorce it is important that you have an aggressive advocate on your side who will fight hard to see that your rights are protected. To find out how my firm and I may be able to help you, contact a Galveston County divorce attorneyat The Karenko Law Firm PLLC