It’s hard to think of anything other than the pandemic as we go about our “new normal” lives. This week many places in Florida reopened—hopefully slowly and carefully. The storm is far from over. In Florida, we are used to cleaning up after hurricanes and quickly moving on. There are no downed trees and power lines from the COVID storm—the aftermath is less readily visible but greater than any hurricane. This economic recovery will take a long time. More of us are struggling with food and housing insecurity than at any time since the Great Depression. I find myself more grateful every day for my good fortune and thinking more about what I can do to help others. Let’s be kind and offer grace to everyone we work with. Divorce is stressful enough—let’s lead with empathy and understanding in all our encounters.
Major durational alimony changes went into effect July 1, 2023 in Florida. These changes will have profound implications for divorcing spouses who need alimony payments to qualify for mortgage financing.