http://www.floridaalimonyreform.com/Where Do We Go From Here
While we were hoping for change our first year out of the gates, the reality will probably be alimony reform in Florida will be a multi year project. HB 549 took a lot of work from Rep. Workman, other legislators and Tallahassee support, and you. The fact that we almost passed the bill sends a powerful message to the FL Family Bar.
Even if the HB 549 would have passed, we would still be continuing the movement for fair alimony laws. HB 549 was a compromise. But it was a step in the right direction and would have given hope to thousands of alimony payers.
We tried to work with the FL Bar, and will continue to try to work with them, but we will not be bullied by them. Our goal is simple. Meaningful Alimony Reform in Florida, which includes a reasonable transition to being single and self-supporting for the alimony recipient.
The "need" and "ability to pay" approach is flawed for many reasons. The spouse in need does not have to make any attempt to be self supporting. There is no requirement for education, training, or employment. There is no incentive not to be needy.
We are FOR Rehabilitative and Supportive Transitional Alimony. Following divorce, division of the assets, custody, and child support, there need be a plan for self-support for the alimony recipient. Remarriage is also an option. Today's alimony laws, however, discourage marriage or re-marriage.
It should be known that FAR is NOT going away, and will continue to work for better alimony laws, whatever it takes.
What are our next steps?
1. Grow the FAR organization. There is power in numbers. If over 90% of the people you talk to think Florida's current alimony laws are outdated, it's time to sign them up. Join the Florida Alimony Reform Movement! As was demonstrated this last week, we can email important information about alimony reform to you quickly. It's simple and Free.
Make it a habit to ask friends and family to Join The FAR Movement. We need thousands of members to make a large enough voice to be heard by our legislators and the media. A Reasonable end to a broken relationship is what we are looking for, without the unnecessary emotional, financial, and societal issues created with current law.
2. Get to know YOUR Legislators. Your legislators respond much better to their constituents than FL citizens outside of their district. The legislative assistant(s) and secretaries are just as important and sometimes have more time to learn the details of the issues, then tell their legislator. Help them understand the truth behind current alimony law.
3. Donate. This year we would like to place billboards, newspaper ads, FAR Membership Events, and at least 2 statewide meetings. All of these things cost money. Whatever you can do to help is always appreciated. We take your donations seriously and are very careful and watchful with your money. We can't make meaningful alimony reform happen without money. Look who we're up against!
4. Events. We will hold membership drive events throughout the state. As we grow, we will have FAR Chapters around the state. We will have at least 2 statewide events or rallies for additional membership growth and training. When we have the dates and locations, we will let you know.
Again, FAR is NOT going away. Alimony Reform WILL happen in Florida. YOUR INVOLVEMENT is necessary.
The Media Still Hot On Alimony Reform
The media continues to cover the issue of Alimony Reform and its reasons for not passing the Senate. Please check out The Ledger article, then Comment and Forward the article to friends, family, co-workers, and others interested in Florida's Laws. You know the routine. We can't let up!
The CNN Report by Steve Hitner could use some comments as well. Steve Hitner was the driving force behind Massachusetts Alimony Reform Movement that made a big change in Mass Alimony Laws. The chances are if someone else has done it, it can be done!
Go to the ABA Journal, copy the comments, and bring them with you to your legislators when you visit them. We can begin visiting our legislators within the next few weeks. The legislators are still in Tallahassee now, but they need to hear from you when they get home. They represent YOU. Did you follow their actions or votes?
It's important for your legislators to know YOU are watching them. Their comments and votes are accountable to YOU, their constituent. If they were in the 83 yea House votes, contact them and thank them. If they were in the 30 nay House votes, you may want to contact them and ask why. The only reason for voting against it is either a lack of understanding of the issue or a strong nudge from the Florida Family Bar. We are looking for a Fair Resolution to a No-Fault Divorce. We believe in equal opportunity.
Will you help us end your lifetime alimony?
Like it or not, it takes money to change a law in Florida. We appreciate any assistance you can give us. This is your opportunity to help update Florida's alimony laws.
We are volunteers, with jobs, bills, and permanent alimony payments. Please understand your contributions are helping end a debt that will Never Go Away. Ending lifetime alimony would be one of the wisest investments a permanent alimony payer could ever make.
If we pool our resources we can accomplish many things. Without the financial support, financial relief will be delayed. The process will take time. Thank you for making one time Donations and a Special Thank You for Monthly Donations. Thank You!
(Until our alimony laws are changed, this will be a regular request and need. Thank You.)
Thank You For Keeping The Movement Going!Thank You
We made our presence known the the State Legislators and the Media. It's a presence that we do not want to lose. We have to keep things going. There is not time to rest yet.
As we grow the FAR State Chapters, we will have greater visibility and a bigger voice. It is a NUMBERS GAME. Once we have the Numbers of Florida Citizens needed to be clearly heard by our legislators, we will make rapid progress with meaningful alimony reform.
The quicker we get 10-20,000 members, the quicker the legislators will HAVE to listen to us. Please Join The Florida Alimony Reform Movement, then help build our Alimony Army by having your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors join. They need an alimony education, before they end up in Alimony Court.
IF WE LET UP, WE LOSE!
(We Will NOT Let Up!)