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Fla. Gov. vetoes bill to end permanent alimony

Posted at 8:51 PM, May 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-01 20:51:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott has vetoed a bill that would have ended permanent alimony in Florida.

Scott vetoed the bill (SB 718) on Wednesday — just four hours before the midnight deadline to approve or veto the bill. The bill automatically would have become law if Scott had done nothing by then.

Florida also would have set limits on the amount of alimony and how long one would receive financial support from an ex-spouse.

The bill would have made it harder to get alimony in short-term marriages. And it would have prevented alimony payments from lasting longer than one-half of the length of the marriage.

The bill also would have required judges to give divorced parents equal custody of their children absent extraordinary circumstances.