House committee passes 'alimony reform'


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A House committee passed a bill Wednesday that would give judges the option to end lifetime alimony for divorcees.

The bill would also allow judges the option to reexamine current alimony arrangements and set up guidelines for future divorce cases.

Thomas Duggar with the Florida Bar calls the legislation a nightmare for divorcees and children from broken families.

"It is very vindictive in my opinion," Duggar said. "It is very hurtful for Florida families, especially for women who stay at home and raise kids, or for men who stay at home and raise kids."

The bill was filed last year, but lacked the support needed to become law.