http://www.app.com/article/20120318/NJO ... |Opinion|sLeustek: Give judges alimony guidelines, not carte blanche
7:14 PM, Mar. 16, 2012
Written by Tom Leustek
In her March 11 column, “Alimony is more than a formula,” the president of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Susan Feeney, gracefully supported a review of New Jersey alimony laws. Feeney, however, also made several terrible misstatements in her article.
The group calling for change to alimony laws is a grass-roots organization called New Jersey Alimony Reform, and I am the president. Feeney describes us as “a small group of disgruntled alimony payers.” This is neither fair nor accurate; in fact, at present about 30 percent of our members are not alimony payers, but witnesses to the abuse of alimony payers, including second partners, family and friends. Our group is large and growing at a brisk pace as alimony reform has been publicized.
Through our website and the media, we are simply conveying the stories that show brutally unfair treatment in the family courts, including routine refusal to make reasonable modifications after job loss, leading to bankruptcy and incarceration..........................
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