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Florida bill allows judges to cut off alimony

[JURIST] In a 68-44 vote, the Florida House of Representatives [official website] has passed a measure that would allow judges to reduce or eliminate alimony when a recipient ex-spouse moves in with someone else. Under current Florida law, and in most jurisdictions in the country, judges are allowed to end alimony when a recipient remarries. Supporters of the measure, HB 1181 [text], introduced by state Representative Edward B. Bullard [official profile], say that many alimony recipients try to get around the law and replace the former spouse by simply living with someone without marriage. Opponents of the bill suggest the legislation will harm women, and that alimony should be based on what someone contributes to the marriage. The bill now goes to the Florida Senate. AP has more.

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