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CS/CS/HB 231: Family Law

GENERAL BILL by Judiciary Committee ; Civil Justice Subcommittee ; Workman ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Cummings ; Diaz, M. ; Gaetz ; Hood ; Hooper ; Hutson ; Moskowitz ; Raburn

Family Law; Revises factors to be considered in alimony awards; provides that award of alimony automatically terminates without further action under certain circumstances; provides that the party seeking alimony has burden of proof; requires court to consider specified factors when determining type and amount of alimony; revises provisions for award of durational alimony; provides presumptions for or against awards based duration of marriage; provides for imputation of income in certain circumstances; provides for offset of or other consideration of alimony obligation in determining equitable distribution or child support in certain circumstances; provides presumption in favor of equal time-sharing by parents; provides exceptions; provides that alimony order be modified upon showing of substantial change in circumstances by clear & convincing evidence; provides that increase in an obligor's income may not be considered permanent in nature until maintained for specified period; provides for attorney fees & costs if obligee unnecessarily or unreasonably litigates petition for modification or termination; revises provisions relating to effect of supportive relationship on alimony; provides that attaining of retirement age is substantial change in circumstances; allows separate adjudication of issues in certain circumstances; provides for applicability.

Effective Date: 7/1/2013
Last Action: 4/17/2013 House - Laid on Table -HJ 657
Bill Text: PDF

Bill History

Date Chamber Action
1/17/2013 House • Filed
1/30/2013 House • Referred to Civil Justice Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee -HJ 36
2/6/2013 House • On Committee agenda-- Civil Justice Subcommittee, 02/13/13, 2:00 pm, 404 HOB
2/13/2013 House • CS by Civil Justice Subcommittee; YEAS 10 NAYS 2 -HJ 155
2/20/2013 House • Pending review of CS under Rule 7.19(c)
2/25/2013 House • Now in Judiciary Committee -HJ 152
3/5/2013 House • Introduced -HJ 36
• CS by Civil Justice Subcommittee read 1st time -HJ 146
3/12/2013 House • On Committee agenda-- Judiciary Committee, 03/14/13, 9:00 am, 404 HOB
3/14/2013 House • CS/CS by- Judiciary Committee; YEAS 14 NAYS 4 -HJ 272
3/18/2013 House • Pending review of CS -under Rule 7.19(c)
• CS/CS by Judiciary Committee read 1st time -HJ 262
3/19/2013 House • Placed on Calendar -HJ 284
4/15/2013 House • Placed on Special Order Calendar, 04/17/13
4/17/2013 House • Substituted CS/CS/SB 718 (Vetoed by Governor) -HJ 657
• Laid on Table -HJ 657