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Gov. Scott still reviewing alimony legislation

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If you're divorced, you may be waiting on a big decision from Governor Scott. The legislature passed new limits on alimony payments, and it's not clear yet if Scott will sign the changes into law.

On Wednesday, a spokesman for the governor said he is still reviewing the bill. Local activists are pressing him to sign it.

Wimauma resident Tarie Macillan lobbied the legislature to pass alimony reform. She says she spent part of this day at the Capitol meeting with a member of the governor's staff.

She said she owes her ex-husband more than 60-percent of what she makes.

Meanwhile, Tampa doctor Bernard Perez at one point was ordered to pay his ex-wife more than 80 percent of what he earns.

They both inspired lawmakers to pass the plan to cap alimony payments-- and tie alimony to the length of a marriage. They claim the current law is unfair, and drives costly battles in court.

"The ongoing litigation is catastrophic. It scars the family, and the children," said Dr. Perez. "This is going to make it family friendly -- to settle the fighting."

Those who oppose alimony limits say it's not fair to many women, who sacrificed careers and earning potential for the sake of a marriage.

They say when a marriage ends they need an ongoing commitment from their ex-spouses. Governor Scott is hearing these arguments, and he will make the final call on whether these changes become law.

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