Chad M. Layton, Esq.
May 27, 2015

Alimony Overhaul Dies
By: Chad M. Layton, Esq.

    The proposed overhaul of Florida alimony laws did not pass the House and Senate in early 2015.  The failure of this alimony overhaul was the latest set-back in a string of efforts to change the alimony laws.

    The Florida Bar Family Law section has been working diligently to change the alimony laws in an attempt to reduce the uncertainty of alimony in divorce.  The current system provides a wide latitude of discretion for Judges to determine if any alimony will be granted and if so, the amount and duration of alimony varies.
    This uncertainty creates a high barrier to settlement in many divorce cases surrounding alimony. The Attorneys litigating the case must to predict how the evidence and facts will be interpreted by the Judge .  Therefore, in some cases both parties believe they are right and refuse to compromise.
    This uncertainty can create an incentive to go to Trial.  This causes greater emotional and financial stress on both parties.  Additionally, this type of litigation can benefit the lawyer to the determent of the client. 

    This is exactly the type of situation which we work diligently to avoid at our Law Firm.  We have been handling Divorce and Family Law matters for over 30 years in Downtown Lake Worth.  The experience and knowledge we have gained in the Palm Beach County Family Law Courts over the years are invaluable to assisting our clients in reaching a fair settlement and moving on with their lives. In some instances, this is not possible, and in those cases, we are experienced and capable Trial Attorneys.   

    Further information regarding Divorce, Alimony and Marital Law issues in Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and the surrounding areas is available at

    If you are seriously considering Divorce or a Family Law matter in Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach or the surrounding areas, please call (561) 585-4631 to schedule an initial consultation with Family law and Divorce Attorney Chad M. Layton, Esq. or e-mail:   
Harvey, Waddell & Layton
101 N. J Street, Suite 1
Lake Worth, FL 33460
(561) 585-4631 

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