Alimony Child Custody Bill Heads To Gov Scott

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An emotionally contentious bill revising alimony and child custody laws is headed to Gov. Rick Scott.

The state House passed the bill 74-38 Tuesday.

The bill ends permanent alimony, replacing it with formulas based on the length of the marriage and the spouses’ incomes to set the amount and duration of payments.

It urges judges to consider equal time-sharing with children between the parents.

Backers say the bill will bring consistency and predictability to divorces, but opponents say it’s unfair to women who leave careers to be stay-home mothers.

In 2013, Scott vetoed a similar bill because it was retroactive.