Rep. Rodriguez Wants to Scrap Alimony Laws in FL

Rep. Rodriguez Wants to Scrap Alimony Laws in FL

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
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April 7, 2021

Usually, Florida leads the state in ambitious reforms of all kinds, and now it could be alimony laws.  Making such changes would allow Florida to set a precedent on the prohibition on perpetual alimony. Rep. Anthony Rodriguez (R-118) hopes to be the pilot of that change by sponsoring HB 1599.

As the bill was proposed in a committee hearing recently, Rodriguez told his fellow lawmakers that the bill “is supported by real people whose lives have been destroyed by this antiquated law”, summarizing that it was “time to retire Florida’s antiquated alimony policies.”

Rodriguez also drafts this legislation in the spirit of Florida being one of the United States’ leaders in increased economic opportunities, and these laws only hold that title back from so many Floridians.

For example, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that women’s to men’s earnings ratio stood at 85.1%, higher than the nationwide average of 81.5%.

These statistics shouldn’t stop soon due to the increasing trend in women earning higher wages, and frankly the rapid decline of men’s enrollment in universities.

On top of all that, your child is legally an adult come their 18th birthday, Rodriguez finds that it “Doesn’t make any sense” to keep financing a child that has now become an adult.

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a Pre-law student and has lived in Florida for 15 years. He is a member of the Benjamin Franklin Society of Scholars, received the 'Spirit of the American Legion' award, and was the President and founder of his high school's debate and moot court teams. On the side, he enjoys football, academics, politics and is a self-proclaimed patriot.