The Florida legislation is attempting to bring uniformity to the subject of alimony in Florida.
New legislation now objectively defines a marriage as short term, long term, and moderate term. If a marriage is 7 years or less, it is short term. If the marriage is 17 years or more, it is long term. Anywhere in between, it is a marriage of moderate length.
The length of the marriage is important, since the type of alimony available depends upon the length of the marriage.