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Binders full of alimony horror stories



Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, and Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, held a press conference Tuesday to rally support for their alimony bill.

The proposal, which does away with permanent alimony and requires judges to split custody evenly between most divorcing parents, has already passed in both chambers. But the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar is pressing Gov. Rick Scott to wield his veto pen.

Killing the bill could help Scott with women voters in his upcoming bid for reelection.

On Tuesday, Stargel pointed out that a supermajority of lawmakers had voted for the proposal, and that supporters included "both men and women."

Added Workman: "If he needs the women's vote, this is not the bill to veto."

The two planned to meet with the governor later in the day. Stargel said they would be bringing a binder full of, er, alimony horror stories.

Scott wouldn't say much about the proposal, only that he's reviewing it.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1:55pm]


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