Governor Rick Scott Vetos Florida Alimony Bill

On May 1, 2013 Governor Rick Scott vetoed the proposed alimony bill known as SB718. The governor said in a letter to Florida Senate President Don Gaetz that "alimony has long been a key component of our domestic relations law and represents a remedy for our judiciary to use in providing support to families as they adjust to changes in life circumstances".  Governor Scott further stated that he could not support the bill because it retroactively applies and thus tampers with the settled economic expectations of many Floridians who have experienced divorce and could result in an unfair and unanticipated result to many families. The governor pointed out that existing Florida law provides for the adjustment of alimony under proper circumstances. The bill also contained a provision that would have made 50/50 shared custody the standard in Florida, however the Governor did not comment on that part of the legislaton.

For a look at the written letter by Governor Scott, click this link:  http://miamiherald.typepad.com/files/alimony-veto.pdf 

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