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Florida lawmakers move to end permanent alimony, as governor weighs legislation

In Florida today, that State is considering whether to fundamentally alter some long-standing public policies. It will be interesting to watch and see how far this movement goes. In California today, Spousal Support is first considered on a temporary basis according to a mathematical formula and then on a permanent basis according to Family Code §4320 which requires a court to consider a great many factors, including the age and health of the parties, the length of the marriage, the time spent devoted to domestic duties and the marital standard of living. Support is payable for a “reasonable” period, which in a marriage of less than 10 years is presumed to be ½ the total marriage and for longer marriages according to the discretion of the Court – which often extends until the death of either party, the remarriage of the supported party or “further order of the Court.

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