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Re: Florida Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:20 pm

POINT OF VIEW: No need for task force, implement alimony reform
by: ALAN ROSS FRISHER, president of Family Law Reform, Inc.

Representatives Cynthia Stafford and Lori Berman, in their recent Point of View article, “Create task force before taking up alimony reform again” (June 27), state, “If alimony reform is necessary — a point that is far from settled — then it should be done in response to … well-reasoned analysis.”

As a financial adviser, certified divorce financial analyst, and president of Family Law Reform, I can personally and professionally attest to the atrocities occurring within our current family law system with regard to divorce.

Current alimony law, like an insidious cancer, is figuratively — and sometimes literally — killing our citizens and causing irreparable damage to the family unit in our society.

To draw an analogy, when doctors see a tumor, they typically cut it out before it grows or metastasizes. Sure, they can study it some more and watch it grow, but at what cost to the patient? Good doctors, like good legislators, handle the situation effectively, and as soon as possible........

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Re: Florida Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:40 am

Alimony reform bill filed for 2017

Florida Politics
JIM ROSICA

State Rep. Colleen Burton will try again to overhaul the state’s alimony law, filing a bill on Wednesday.

The Lakeland Republican still aims to toughen the standards by which alimony is granted and changed, after last year’s measure was vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott.

“I believe it is the right thing to do,” Burton said in a phone interview. “It costs families a lot of money to go through a process that has no starting point. This gives judges a starting point, the same in Miami as in Pensacola, and gives predictability to former spouses who are trying to determine alimony.

“I have nothing personal invested in this,” she added. “This is just worth trying again.”

The latest bill (HB 283), however, does not contain child custody provisions that garnered Scott’s disfavor in 2016.

He disapproved of that legislation because it had the potential to put the “wants of a parent before the child’s best interest by creating a premise of equal time-sharing,” his veto letter said.

Family-law related bills have had trouble getting Scott’s signature even as lawmakers have tried for years to change the way Florida’s courts award alimony............

http://floridapolitics.com/archives/230 ... -bill-2017
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Re: Florida Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:47 pm

Update from Florida Alimony Reform:

HB 283 filed in Florida House

It's time to give Action to your Beliefs.

Those of you who have been with us over the last 7-8 years realize that filing the bill is only the first step for reforming a law. We are so very fortunate to have two Florida legislators eager to help Florida's workers and families. Rep. Colleen Burton and Sen. Kathleen Passidomo who are both are very excited to support our alimony reform bill this upcoming session.

We will keep the bills "clean," which means we'll stick to alimony reform and work to keep other family law issues on separate bills.
While our alimony reform bill has certain limitations, like not allowing for retro-activity for previous divorces, it also has many major advantages to current law, like defining substantial changes of circumstance, and is is a major step in creating real alimony reform for the State of Florida.

Click Here to read House Bill 283 :
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/ ... ssion=2017


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Re: Florida Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:35 pm

Parent’s Organization comes out in favor of Alimony Reform Bill

FEBRUARY 6, 2017 BY FRANK TORRES

The National Parents Organization, a group that “seek better lives for children through family court reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers”, is coming out in favor of new alimony reform legislation currently making it’s way through the Florida legislature.

The latest alimony reform bill would allow for more predictability in the Judge’s decision making it easier for the respective parties to financially plan for their lives following divorce but removes a controversial 50-50 child sharing component which drew Governor Rick Scott’s veto pen last year.

“The concept of permanent alimony is outdated in today’s society – alimony recipients must take some responsibility to earn a living after divorce in this day and age,” said Alan Frisher....

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Re: Florida Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:22 am

New Florida Alimony Bill Heads to Committee

TALLAHASSEE, FL--(Marketwired - February 14, 2017) - National Parents Organization supports Florida's recently introduced alimony legislation and encourages lawmakers to act in the best interest of families and swiftly move the proposal into law.

The active Florida alimony proposal -- filed as Senate Bill 412 and House Bill 283 -- is similar to bills in past years in that it essentially eliminates permanent alimony. However, unlike the alimony and shared parenting bill vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott last year, the bill focuses solely on the alimony issue.

"The concept of permanent alimony is outdated in today's society -- alimony recipients must take some responsibility to earn a living after divorce in this day and age," said Alan Frisher, Chair of National Parents Organization of Florida. "This welcome change would provide predictability and consistency for all, plus, divorcing spouses could settle their financial differences out of court versus spending countless dollars on wasteful litigation."

The proposal allows judges to order an alimony term between 25 percent to 75 percent the length of the marriage. Additionally, the bill calls for a reduction or termination of alimony when the payer retires........
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Re: Florida Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:20 pm

Frisher: New alimony bill long overdue

Alan Frisher, My View 1:18 p.m. ET Feb. 16, 2017

Florida’s alimony laws were written in a day when women had little economic power, divorce was uncommon, and cohabiting was scandalous. Those days are long gone, but the old-fashioned alimony laws – favoring permanent alimony, until death – linger on.

Current law causes immense hardship for those who must support an ex-spouse until he dies or she dies, even for marriages of less than 10 years, even to healthy spouses who begin collecting at 33 years old. Hard to believe, but true.

Florida alimony law is emotionally and financially harmful to many families. As an example, many couples who wish to tie the knot are forgoing marriage because income from the “new” spouse can go toward alimony payments of the ex-spouse due to the creation of what is considered a new “family income.”

Current alimony laws are unfair, not just to the payers but to their children, their new spouses – and even the recipients, who are told never move on, and who remain on lifetime welfare.

The public thinks it’s unfair, and so do most of Florida’s legislators. Twice now – once in 2013, and again in 2016 – have Florida legislators voted to update the laws with new limits and plenty of room for judges to make decisions in unusual cases.

Unfortunately, Gov. Scott vetoed the bill both times.

However, there is now hope for reform in Florida this year, thanks to Senate Bill 412 – the recently introduced alimony reform legislation that awaits its first committee hearing.....

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/opinio ... /97999846/
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Re: Florida Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:18 am

Finally, an alimony bill Scott would sign

By Alan Frisher
March 24, 2017

Florida’s alimony laws were written when women had little economic power, when divorce was uncommon, and cohabiting was scandalous. Those days are long gone, but the old-fashioned alimony laws — favoring permanent alimony, until death — linger.

The laws cause immense hardship for those who must support an ex-spouse until he dies or she dies, even for marriages of fewer than 10 years and even to healthy women who begin collecting at 33 years old.

Current alimony law in Florida is emotionally and financially harmful to many families. As an example, many couples who wish to tie the knot are forgoing marriage because, under current Florida law, income from the “new” spouse can go toward alimony payments of the ex-spouse.

The current alimony laws are unfair, not just to the payers but to their children, their new spouses — and even the recipients, who are told never move on with their lives, and who remain on lifetime welfare. The public thinks it’s unfair — and so do most of Florida’s legislators. Twice now, once in 2013, and again in 2016, Florida legislators have voted to update the laws with new limits and plenty of room for judges to make decisions in unusual cases. Unfortunately, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed the bill both times..........

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/ ... story.html
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Re: Florida Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:17 pm

Alimony overhaul proposal is dead in this year's Legislature

By News Service of Florida
March, 30 2017

Politics makes strange bedfellows, as demonstrated by an accord reached by The Florida Bar and alimony reform advocates.

But even though the one-time adversaries reached reconciliation over a controversial alimony overhaul, the proposal is dead for this year's legislative session.

Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Chairman Rene Garcia said he won't schedule the bill for a hearing.

"We have more pressing issues that we're dealing with as it relates to the safety and welfare of children than to tie up the committee with the alimony bill at this time," Garcia, R-Hialeah, told The News Service of Florida on Thursday.

Twice over the past four years, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed attempts at revamping the state's alimony laws.

A proposal vetoed last year would have created a formula, based on the length of marriage and the combined incomes of both spouses, for judges to use when setting alimony payments.

After years of disagreement on the issue, alimony reform advocates and The Florida Bar's Family Law Section supported the proposal, which would have also eliminated permanent alimony while giving judges some discretion to veer from the formula.......

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-reg ... story.html
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