Florida’s Alimony, Custody Changes Trigger Capitol Clash

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TALLAHASSEE — Groups on opposite sides of a contentious bill dealing with alimony and child custody clashed inside the state Capitol.

Gov. Rick Scott has until next week to act on a bill that would end permanent alimony payments and urge judges to enforce equal time-sharing with children of divorcing parents.

Supporters and opponents held dueling press conferences at the Capitol Tuesday in an effort to sway Scott. But they both collided in the lobby outside of Scott’s office.

Those seeking a veto went there to speak to Scott’s staff. They were followed into the office by proponents of the bill who held signs and then started yelling. Some of the bill proponents urged those opposed to the bill to get a job.

Scott vetoed similar legislation two years ago.

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