The divorce rate in Florida and around the country has remained steady in recent years after surging in the 1970s and 80s, but divorces among couples at or over the age of 50 have continued to climb. A 2014 study from researchers at Bowling Green State University found that the number of people in that age group getting a divorce doubled between 1990 and 2014, and a similar trend in the United Kingdom has prompted British banks to consider introducing a new kind of mortgage to help older divorced people who wish to keep living in their former marital residences.
Governor Rick Scott just vetoed Bill SB 668 after the bill passed the Senate and the House. He has vetoed similar bills in the past. The bill would have called for drastic changes to how alimony is handled in Florida.
While divorcing couples in Florida may often go into negotiations hoping for a swift and amicable resolution, they sometimes find it difficult to avoid being drawn into heated exchanges when the matters being discussed turn to alimony or property division. Family law courts provide a venue where these matters can be settled in a definitive and legally binding way, but many couples are choosing instead to explore alternative means of resolving their differences.
Some people understand more about the divorce process. Maybe their parents went through a divorce. Maybe a friend is in the process. Maybe someone has been divorced at least one time themselves. But for those who are new to this whole divorce thing, it can all suddenly seem surprisingly confusing.