Last year, Gov. Rick Scott's veto ended the legislative effort made by supporters of alimony reform in Florida. A new documentary film is putting the spotlight back on the issue, as reform supporters prepare for a new legislative push.
If there's anything our Fort Myers readers have learned from celebrity divorces in the news, it's that couples who seem claim to be committed to each other forever often end up splitting up almost immediately. Because some well-documented celebrity marriages don't last very long, it's noteworthy when one makes it almost four decades before coming to an end.
Divorce is never easy. It becomes particularly difficult when it's a high-profile divorce. Having the public watch an intensely private, personal matter play out in the news is tough on the parties involved. Such is the case with a Florida Democratic congressman whose wife of 23 years recently filed for divorce.
It's easy to look at getting divorced as the end: the end of a marriage, the end of living in a particular house, even the end of having a certain last name. But in many ways, divorce is a beginning -- a way to shake off the dust, pick yourself up, and move on to bigger and better things that you felt you couldn't do before.
In standard divorce cases with children involved, custody is a matter that is discussed and then determined by the courts. Child custody presents a more complex issue when the matter is not an issue of divorce but of parental crime.