FL Senate voting to end permanent alimony

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Permanent alimony could be a thing of the past if a bill gets approved in the state capital.

For those picking up marriage licenses at the Palm Beach County Courthouse, the goal is "till death do us part". But what if that's not the case?

If Senate Bill 718 passes, couples who choose to divorce wouldn't get as much alimony as in prior cases. The bill would put an end to permanent alimony.

Lawmakers proposed a similar bill last year, but it didn't pass.

Rather than get permanent alimony, those who split would get spousal support with a foreseeable end. It would also make it harder to get alimony in short term marriages.

If this bill becomes law, it would be effective July 1.

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