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Post by Skitz » Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:00 am

FAR has picked up the Alliance baton and is working hard for Florida alimony sufferers.

http://familylawreformusa.com/

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Post by Skitz » Fri Nov 11, 2011 1:12 am

Looks like FAR is getting some traction already :D
Florida Alimony Reform Group Applauds Bills to Update Archaic Alimony Laws in the Sunshine State

TAVARES, FL, Nov 09, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Two Florida legislators spearheading a drive to update Florida's antiquated alimony laws have earned accolades from Florida Alimony Reform (FAR). The advocacy group is leading the fight to bring the state's alimony laws into the 21st century. The laws, considered among the harshest and most out-of-date in the country, make routine awards of permanent alimony that do not end even after payers retire. The group points to examples of abuses, such as healthy, working women who receive permanent alimony in their 30s and 40s; payers who must continue payments to ex-spouses who cohabit for years; retired men paying upwards of 50 percent of their income in alimony; and alimony payers forced to live on less money than recipients...........
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/florid ... 2011-11-09
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Post by Skitz » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:11 pm

Getting some good ink, very good. Keep up the good work.
Florida Divorce Lawyers and Orlando Sentinel's Maxwell Admit Problems With Alimony Laws -- Florida Alimony Reform Group Invites Collaboration on Fixing Problems

TRAVARES, FL, Nov 21, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Florida Alimony Reform (FAR), the state's leading organization fighting to bring the state's alimony laws into the 21st century, issued an invitation today to the three divorce lawyers interviewed in Scott Maxwell's Orlando Sentinel column yesterday, to discuss reforms they admit are needed to current alimony laws. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opi ... 1-20111119 ,0,2195586.column

"I was thrilled to read that these three attorneys understand there are real problems with current law," says FAR's co-director, Alan Frisher, "and I think it could be extremely productive for all of us to sit down and figure out how to fix these problems. In the meantime, Florida Alimony Reform supports the identical bills just introduced in the House and Senate. The bills are fair, reasonable, and they meet the current problems head on.".....................................
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/florid ... 2011-11-21
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Post by Skitz » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:18 pm

More print coverage down in Florida. Good job people :)
Members of Florida Alimony Reform Group Tell Their Personal Stories of Hardship and Unfair Treatment to Florida's House Civil Justice Subcommittee

Florida Alimony Reform Bill Has Broad Support in Subcommittee: Lawmakers Sympathetic to Hardship of Lifetime Payers

TALLAHASSEE, FL--(Marketwire - Dec 7, 2011) - More than a dozen members of Florida Alimony Reform (http://www.floridaalimonyreform.com) (FAR) traveled from around the state to testify today in favor of a bill that would update Florida's antiquated alimony laws. FAR members spoke movingly before the House Civil Justice Subcommittee about the extraordinary hardships they endure paying permanent lifetime alimony that does not end even at retirement, even when payers are disabled or forced to retire by age. The Subcommittee voted out the bill, HB 549, with only two no's, and it now continues through the system, sponsored by Rep. Ritch Workman (R-Brevard). An identical bill was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R-Miami Dade).

"I'm extremely pleased with today's hearing and the votes," said FAR Co-Director, Alan Frisher. "It's clear from the widespread support for this bill that alimony reform is urgently needed." FAR is the state's leading advocate for updating Florida's antiquated alimony laws, considered among the most out-of-date in the country..............................
http://www.marketwire.com/press-release ... 596043.htm
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And the same report has been picked up on another Web site:
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Post by Skitz » Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:23 pm

And here is another article on the Florida effort:
Bill in Florida Legislature proposes to end permanent alimony

By Donna Gehrke-White, Sun Sentinel
9:08 p.m. EST, December 7, 2011

Court battles over alimony are spilling over into the Florida Legislature.

Lawmakers are considerng a bill that would end permanent alimony in the state. It comes just months after a new law took effect limiting permanent alimony largely to breakups of longer marriages.

"Florida's alimony laws are old fashioned and antiquated," wrote Hector Torres of Pembroke Pines, in a letter to legislators supporting the proposed law.

Not so fast, says Fort Lauderdale family lawyer Angela Neave: "A woman married for 35 years who stayed home and never had a career does not have a retirement [plan]."
Video: South Floridians remember where they were when Pearl Harbor was attacked

Florida House Bill 549 is part of a nationwide movement away from the traditional payment that typically was given to divorced women in an earlier time, when most wives did not work outside the home. Massachusetts this fall adopted new limits on alimony, and New Jersey lawmakers are considering their own proposed changes.

Today, most divorces in the United States still involve some sort of alimony, but often it's awarded for a set time to help a spouse retrain for work and become self-supporting, according to those who work in family law practices.

The bill Torres testified in favor of Wednesday in Tallahassee would base the period for alimony on the length of the marriage. Ten years of payments for 10 years of marriage, for example. Any settlement would end when the paying partner retired...............................
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/fl ... 3792.story
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Post by Skitz » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:52 pm

A message from Florida Alimony Reform:
Greetings!

It's time to celebrate again, and to write another "thank You" to The Palm Beach Post for running the Sun-Sentinel article. As we write this, there are 6 reader comments on the article. It's time to drive that number way up, thank the paper for paying attention, and mention Florida Alimony Reform in your reader comments with our website.

Newspapers pay attention to these comments. They will keep covering the story if there is reader interest! Let them know just how interested you are in this story!!!

This week has been phenomenal for our cause. Let's keep the momentum going.

If you haven't made appointments yet to see your legislators in their home offices, make them today, and tell us what you learn.

Continue to send your friends and family to www.FloridaAlimonyReform.com to join and build our organization. Although it was a great week, we have as Long Way to go.

Remember, if we let up, we lose.

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Post by Skitz » Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:30 pm

An update from Florida Alimony Reform.......
Florida Alimony Reform

Next Victory Lap 4 Alimony Reform
Greetings! ,

As the winter holidays begin, we want to update you on our progress and thank you for your participation and support this year.

Your letters, reader comments, visits to legislators, and the visit to Tallahassee earlier this month have made an enormous difference in our fight for aliony reform. The struggle continues, and your support must too.

Because of the holidays, we anticipate that the next ten days to two weeks will be quiet in the media, but if something comes up, we'll let you know immediately.

The Next Task:
We are getting ready for hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee in January (no date yet, but we'll let you know when we know), and continue to urge members to write, call, and visit their legislators to support HB 549/SB 748 - and report to us what they say. Even this week, it's important to call legislators if you haven't yet, and try to make an appointment or, if that's not possible, tell them how important alimony reform is to you, their constituent.

To learn who your legislators are and what materials to give them, please go to the FAR website and click on
Write Your Legislator.

If you are their constituents, now is the time to begin writing and visiting these members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. If the senators are unavailable for visits, please make appointments with their legislative aides who handle the Judiciary Committee and tell us what they say.

Senator Arthenia Joyner (D)
http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/s18
Senator Oscar Braynon, II (D)
http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/s33
Senator Andy Gardiner (R)
http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/s9
Senator Garrett Richter (R)
http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/s37
Senator David Simmons (R)
http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/s22
Senator John Thrasher (R)
http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/s8

TO DATE: the bill that Rep. Workman and Sen. Diaz de la Portilla introduced has been modified by the Civil Justice Subcommittee.

Some members have expressed concern at the changes the subcommittee made. These bills will be heard by several committees, and each has the right to revise provisions. This will continue to happen as the bill makes its way through the legislature. Please do not conclude that we are complacent or have given up the fight!

We are committed to the bill as it was introduced. At every step of the way, we will work to restore it to its original form or find compromises that accomplish the same goals. We are engaged in a long, complicated process with many moving parts. There will continue to be changes to the bill - and we will keep fighting to preserve what is essential.

You are our most potent tools: Your voices, visits to your legislators, reader comments in the media, and your support, which enables us to move forward with this challenge to the status quo.

We wish each and every one of you a happy holiday season, even though we know this is a difficult season for many, and we look forward to working for the cause of alimony reform in the new year with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

If you can help us with a donation, please do. If you can't please continue contacting legislators and passing on the results to us.

Thank you for everything you've done and continue to do.

Remember, if we let up, we lose.

Warmest holiday wishes from Florida Alimony Reform

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Post by Skitz » Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:52 am

Times have changed, so should alimony?

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FLORIDA TODAY

The “I do” that began Alan Frisher’s marriage ended 13 years later with a “you will” from a Brevard County judge.

Comparing it to a jail sentence, Frisher says he was ordered to pay “permanent alimony.” After a costly eight-year legal battle in which courts denied any modifications, Frisher was able to settle his case through private mediation. Three years ago, Frisher co-founded Florida Alimony Reform.

Frisher, a financial adviser and certified divorce financial analyst in Suntree, has caught the attention of state lawmakers, including Rep. Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne. Workman is among legislators who have filed bills this session that would modify what Workman calls unfair and antiquated state alimony laws, many written at a time when most wives did not work outside the home and husbands typically provided the sole income. The legislative session began Tuesday.

“I don’t hate alimony. There’s an absolute reason for it,” Workman said. “But we have 50-, 60-, 70-year-old laws that assume there are no jobs for women. What we have are short-term marriages ending in long-term alimony.”............................................
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Post by Skitz » Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:26 pm

Florida Alimony Reform has just sent out this information:
Anderson Cooper and Fox TV Care About Alimony Reform!

Greetings! ,

The media are paying serious attention to our cause because of your efforts - your reader comments, your visits to legislators, and your testimony. Thank you!

On Tuesday, the cause of alimony reform will receive a major boost when Anderson Cooper features the issue on his daytime show, ANDERSON, which is broadcast at different times throughout the country. The episode is called "Man-i-mony. Should Women Pay Alimony to their Ex-husbands?" Please note: It is NOT on CNN. Please go to this page to find out when and where to watch it in your city. Broadcast times begin at 9AM. From what we can tell, you can view the show online after it has been broadcast.


http://www.andersoncooper.com/page/when-its-on

As far as we know, the broadcast will include two Florida alimony payers along with Alan Frisher, FAR's co-director and spokesman, who is also a Licensed Financial Advisor and Certified Divorce FInancial Analyst (CDFA). These three Floridians were taped but because the final broadcast has been edited, we are not certain what the final cut looks like.

Once you see the show, please visit ANDERSON's website and leave a comment thanking them for paying attention to the issue.

Earlier today, Orlando Fox 35 broadcast a segment about the proposed legislation, with attorney Jeffrey Feulner, who indicates support for the proposals. Watch here and leave a comment thanking the station for paying attention to the issue.

Thank you again for your support and your hard work in all we have achieved in bringing alimony reform to the attention of the press, the public, and our lawmakers. We could NOT do this without you!

If you can, please continue to support FAR by going to the FAR website donate buttons.

Remember, if we let up, we lose.

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Post by Skitz » Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:44 pm

Florida Lifetime Alimony Payers to Testify at Senate Hearing - Tuesday Jan. 31 in Tallahassee

TAVARES, Fla., Jan 27, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- As the Florida legislature considers proposals to update the state's antiquated lifetime alimony laws, a group of citizens, members of Florida Alimony Reform (FAR), intends to offer testimony in support of the new legislation next week. Members of FAR, the nation's leading grassroots organization supporting reform, will travel to the capitol to describe the hardships that lifetime alimony imposes on them and their families when the Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearings on Tuesday, Jan 31, at 3:30, in 110 Senate House Office Building. The bill, SB 748, introduced last fall by Miami-Dade's Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, is identical to HB 549, introduced by Brevard County's Rep. Ritch Workman.

"We are thrilled to have the chance to present our cases to the Judiciary Committee," says Alan Frisher, FAR's co-director and spokesman, who is a Licensed Financial Advisor and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), and was ordered, eight years ago, to pay lifetime alimony after a 13-year marriage. "When we presented testimony in December in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee, legislators were deeply moved by our stories and several changed their 'no' votes to 'yes' votes. The committee voted in favor of the bill ten to two."................................
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/florid ... 2012-01-27
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Post by Skitz » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:55 pm

The Florida legislative proposal has passed an early hurdle. Good job :)

Florida Senate Judiciary Committee Votes 6 to 0 in Favor of Alimony Reform Bill as 30 FAR Members Come to Tally to Testify


TAVARES, Fla., Feb 9, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Some 30 members of Florida Alimony Reform (FAR) traveled from around the state today to attend a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on a bill to update the state's antiquated alimony laws. About half a dozen people testified movingly about the blight of permanent alimony before the Committee voted 6 to 0 to support the measure, SB 748, sponsored by Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R-Miami-Dade), and by Representative Ritch Workman (R-Brevard) in the House (HR 549)..........................
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Post by Skitz » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:45 pm

Posted: 3:56 PM Feb 16, 2012
Alimony Could Be Changing in Florida

Permanent alimony would no longer be allowed in Florida under legislation that cleared a key State House Committee Thursday in Tallahassee. The bill makes dozens of changes to the divorce statute and continues to move despite opposition from lawyers and women’s organizations.................
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press release
Feb. 17, 2012, 8:43 a.m. EST

Florida's Permanent Alimony May End -- Reform Bill Clears House Judiciary Panel 17 to 1

TAVARES, Fla., Feb 17, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- More than a dozen members of Florida Alimony Reform (FAR) traveled to Tallahassee yesterday to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, in support of HB 549, which eliminates permanent lifetime alimony and brings Florida's out-of-date laws into the 21st century. The Committee voted 17 to 1 to support the bill as recently modified by original sponsor Representative Ritch Workman (R-Brevard), which he describes as "clarifying the law and making it fair to all parties involved." Last week, in hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, a different version of the bill was passed 6 to 0.

FAR's co-director, Alan Frisher, a Licensed Financial Advisor and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), was among the people who testified today. He emphasized..............................
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Post by Skitz » Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:39 pm

House Votes 83-30 to End Permanent Alimony
and Pass Sweeping Reforms!


Greetings! ,

You probably know by now that the House has passed HR 549 83 to 30, which means that it nows goes to the Senate. We will keep you posted! PLEASE WRITE TO YOUR SENATORS AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT THE HOUSE-PASSED ALIMONY REFORM BILL!!

In the meantime, we need to keep the pressure on the media, especially the Miami Herald, which has been slow to pay attention to this story. Please comment now right here and push this article to the MOST READ/MOST COMMENTED LIST TONIGHT! Urge them to cover this and tell your own story.

Please do the same at the Tampa Bay Times (formerly St. Pete Times), where there is not a single comment now!!

On Feb. 29 and March 1, there will be 2 TV news shows about our cause and our members aired in Jacksonville, on Fox30 and CBS47. We'll send details the day before.

Despite today's victory, our job and YOUR JOB are not over yet. Please keep writing your senators, writing comments to these papers - and donating to FAR. We could NOT have done what we've done without your support, but the job isn't over. Please donate what you can.

Later tonight, we're updating the website. Please check in to see provisions of the bill. And to find the DONATE BUTTONS.

Tonight we celebrate. Tomorrow we go back to work!!

Remember, if we let up, we lose.

Alan Frisher, Co-Director
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Post by Skitz » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:18 pm

Florida Alimony Reform will be back!!
Looking Forward, Looking Back

Greetings!,

Many of you already know that the last day of the legislative session yesterday brought us to an unhappy ending: While the House passed HB 549, a positive alimony reform bill, by 83 to 30, the Senate failed to act on the House bill, and failed to propose any other versions that were acceptable to Florida Alimony Reform.

Negotiations went on until the last days, but those who wanted real reform were thwarted by those who did not. In one corner were those representing permanent alimony payers; in the other corner were those representing powerful attorneys who want to maintain the status quo. As we know, there are many attorneys in Florida who believe our laws are profoundly out-of-date and out-of-touch. Eventually their voices will be heard too.

Despite the influence of the powerful Florida Bar Family Section, which opposed reform from the start, many legislators, understanding the suffering of our members, were ready to buck their influence and support reform. But the Florida Family Section has a real stranglehold on key legislators, and all of your passion, lobbying, letter-writing, and calling could not break that lock just yet.

But make no mistake, we'll be back. We'll keep fighting, and return in the next session, older, wiser, and just as committed to the justness of our cause. And we will prevail. Do we know when? It is our understanding that it took our friends in Massachusetts about six years before they were able to change the alimony laws there. In existence for much less time, FAR has accomplished a great deal. We do not expect it to take six years in Florida, but it will not happen overnight.

We will enter the fray in the next session a very different organization than the one that entered this year. In a few short months, we have grown enormously in size, sophistication, and media attention - all of which translates into political clout.

You, our members, have learned how to contact and communicate with your legislators. In trips to Tallahassee, some of you have seen, up close, how our lawmakers work. Some of you have gone public and shared your stories on TV and radio. And nearly everyone has seen how a group of citizens can truly influence the political process, even if we did not achieve what we set out to do on the first try.

We can't hide the fact that we're disappointed. But we're clear-headed and committed to moving forward, as we know you are, to change our antiquated alimony laws.

In the session coming up, we will be able to hit the ground running. Members will know what to do and how to do it, and we will be able to focus more on growing our membership, increasing our political clout, and ultimately, on influencing legislators to do what many know is right.

Without question, all of this will take funds, and we hope you will continue to be generous in your donations.

We hope you will stay with us, encourage others to join FAR, continue the conversation with your legislators and co-workers, and help us end the scourge of permanent alimony.

We know that each of you and your families are suffering, and we will continue our struggle on your behalf.

Thank you again for all you've done.

Remember, if we let up, we lose.

Alan Frisher, Co-Director
Licensed Financial Advisor, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA)
Florida Alimony Reform
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