In a previous post, I wrote about Florida House Bill 943 and the proposed alimony guidelines contained in the bill. Florida currently has no guidelines for alimony, and the bill creates formulas which would implement presumptive ranges for the amount and duration of alimony that a judge could order, making awards more predictable.
As an update to my prior post, HB 943 has been amended. As of the date I am writing this, the years of marriage is multiplied by 1.5%, rather than 1.25%, in the formula to determine the low amount of alimony that a judge could order. There are likely to be more changes to the bill before the it passes both houses of the Florida legislature and is signed into law (if, indeed, it makes it that far).
So, if the alimony guidelines become official, where in the range of amount and duration of alimony will any particular award fall? The bill sets out certain factors to help a judge make this decision: