Florida Lawmakers May End “Permanent Alimony”

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Big changes could be in store for couples who divorce under legislation now being considered by Florida lawmakers.

Measures to end permanent alimony and to push judges toward 50-50 time sharing between parents are generating emotional arguments in legislative committee hearings.

An alimony reform bill passed its second committee in the House last week, and is ready for a vote on the House floor.

A child custody bill has passed one committee in the Senate.

Backers say alimony reform is needed to provide consistency and end injustices to a spouse ordered to pay alimony for life.

However, opponents including the National Organization for Women, contend the changes would be unfair to women who give up careers to be stay-at-home home mothers.