TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A bill proposing to end permanent alimony in Florida is stirring up some emotional arguments in the Florida Legislature.READ MORE: Living Large: 1000 Museum Boasts Penthouse With South Florida's Only Helipad
Alimony reform advocates have sought the change for years, saying recipients use permanent alimony to extort a lifetime meal ticket even when they could work.
Opponents say that would make it impossible for mothers to leave careers to stay home with their children, for fear of being left destitute after a breakup.READ MORE: 'To Police Well, You Have To Be Well Yourself:' Program Addresses Officer Mental Health
The bill by two Republican women legislators from Polk County seeks a middle ground, sponsors say.
House Bill 943 uses formulas based on the length of the marriage and the income difference of the spouses to set the amount and duration of alimony. It limits alimony to between 25 and 75 percent of the length of the marriage.MORE NEWS: Police: Glades Middle School Teacher Arrested After Pursuing Romantic Relationship With Former Student
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