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That's heating up Florida State Capitol today as governor Rick Scott weighs one of the most controversial bills this spring ending permanent alimony.
Now the drastic overhaul puts a cap on the amounts and makes it easier to terminate terminate that is payments altogether upon retirement.
Joining me out Fox News legal analyst -- we'll.
And celebrity divorce lawyer Randy Kessler he is the founding partner -- Kessler and -- me.
Still on the command travel more time Randy -- nearly -- forming so regarded solely on so long Manning thank hair.
He is in Atlanta I will start with you Randy.
I heard -- the -- let's go over some of the -- it -- permanent alimony -- and it caps awards.
What are the other important features of the bill as you see it.
Well the first so hard to analyze it in a quick -- -- because these people spent a lot of time at the comprehensive bill with a lot of moving parts.
But it's basically -- law to say judges you can't award as much alimony as you've been doing in the past some men primarily are getting stuck for a lot of alimony and they're suffering.
You know children -- the first victims dependent spouses in the second but wage earners but can't afford to pay alimony are also victims what we'll talk the -- that.
Is not a part of this child support is not affected by this you you know it people are still having to -- their children.
What this does is I think actually gives the judges more leeway because it says that if you have a short term marriage and in Florida they categorize that as a for ever and ever and ever.
Massachusetts already has a slot -- could characterize short term marriages at five years and it's worked pretty well Massachusetts -- to think.
I don't know that for a very well when I don't like is there's a presumption now when you walk in -- court I think everybody should be equal.
And what -- -- doesn't it says now there's a presumption if it's -- short term marriage there should be no alimony.
It just annoyed me about the situation until they walk him.
Well it's not actually no alimony to to -- stop others at a certain number of a -- well look at all.
Are actually willing possession guys -- kind of thing we're getting caught in the weeds here and I landed some -- -- questioning about today.
-- let's start with the basics here -- we don't have to stick with a -- -- person's financial obligations to their spouse and when the marriage dad's brand saving you first.
No -- -- there -- -- situations -- thousand different couples and every situation is different sometimes that's it but what if they spent all the -- money.
But there where the rich spells to turn 200000 a year imports bounce or is nothing if the only way to even it up.
This -- -- -- when he had a future earnings in that case it's not so bad.
I don't disagree with that at all I don't think it should and -- Americans because people make decisions that may -- the wife stays home or the husband stays home.
And at the sports the kids and that's you know that's that that's the agreement that they have so they should be supported but forever never I mean that's really what we're saying here is that maybe it's not.
Forever -- -- maybe there's a cut up point depending on the years of -- marriage.
It just -- the judge a little bit more leeway and that's.
But I'm Angela I think he got both support that.
-- -- is alimony outdated is that whole idea.
Being given the fact that so many women are working and many women earn more than their husbands now.
Is no idea that may have seen its best days already.
Well I think it has been on its way out for a long time lifetime permanent -- has been going away for a long time.
But you know women can pay alimony to fit it depends on the facts of the case what it took one couple one side sit on -- to work they'll raise the kids and you go ahead get a big career.
And marriage ends what the other one is years behind they got to let him catch up lifetime permanent alimony.
Maybe -- you go -- but short term LA rehabilitated alimony that's very very important I think we're in agreement.
Are right guys thanks for coming -- that feel it's an interesting question the whole idea of alimony.
And dad you know whether it should even be -- paid out I I don't think we had a chance put up this set piece of information eight point two billion.
In alimony -- in 2011.
Take a look at that that's a lot of -- my friends.
Thanks for coming on tonight guys appreciate your time.
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