Vote to pass a bill that allows judges to consider fault when awarding alimony.
Defines "fault" as any action that affects the mental, physical, or emotional condition of a party being awarded alimony or the person ordered to pay alimony that reduces that party's ability to earn income at the party's full capability (Sec. 3).
Defines "cohabit" as two non-related persons living together in a romantic relationship (Sec. 3).
Authorizes the court, in any temporary orders or final decree of divorce, to order a party to pay alimony to the other party, taking into consideration the following factors (Sec. 1):
The financial condition and needs of the recipient party;
The recipient's earning capacity or ability to produce income;
The ability of the payer party to provide support;
The length of the marriage;
Whether the recipient has custody of minor children requiring support;
Whether the recipient worked in a business owned or operated by the payer;
Whether the recipient directly contributed to any increase in the payer's skill by paying for education received by the payer or allowing the payer to attend school during the marriage; and
Whether the recipient has stayed home to care for their minor children by joint agreement of the parties.
Requires a party seeking alimony in an amount in excess of $1,000 per month for at least 60 months to submit a plan detailing a course of action the recipient will undertake in order to try to become more self-sufficient (Sec. 3).
Terminates any order of the court that a party pay alimony to a former spouse if the party paying alimony establishes that the recipient is cohabiting with another person (Sec. 2).
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.