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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:13 pm

Divorced South Carolinians want end to lifelong alimony payments

BY AVERY G. WILKS

COLUMBIA
Divorced South Carolinians want a break from a lifetime of alimony payments.

Well, at least the ones writing the checks do.

About two dozen members of S.C. Alimony Reform flocked to an S.C. Senate hearing Thursday to show support for four bills that could lighten their loads.

“The laws are archaic,” said Wyman Oxner, the group’s president, who has paid alimony since 1999. “One side wins the lottery. The other side is in prison the rest of their life.”

The bills, sponsored by state Sen. Greg Gregory, R-Lancaster, take aim at permanent alimony.

Under current law, permanent alimony ends only if a former spouse dies, or if the person receiving alimony remarries or lives with a mate for more than 90 straight days. Meant to help an economically disadvantaged spouse recover from divorce, alimony can be modified in court.

But the current system is overly punitive, members of the alimony reform group testified Thursday......

http://www.thestate.com/news/politics-g ... 68174.html
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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:01 pm

Cash-Strapped Divorcees to SC: End 'Archaic' Lifetime Alimony

By Bill Hoffmann | Monday, 20 Feb 2017 03:37 PM

A grassroots group of South Carolina divorcees is pushing legislation to end lifetime alimony payments in the Palmetto State.

South Carolina Alimony Reform, an Orangeburg-based organization of 900 members, last week lobbied the state Senate in a bid to end what they called an “archaic” and unfair money drain.

They told lawmakers not only is permanent alimony the most commonly awarded form of alimony in the state, but someone who has been married for as little as two years before breaking up might still be liable to pay it.

They noted statistics show permanent alimony can eat up from one-third to one-half of payor's income and as a result, the person fitting the bill cannot retire or help pay for the college tuition of his or her child.......

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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:21 am

South Carolina Reform Group Pushes to End Permanent Alimony

By: Jacob Maslow Mar 8, 2017

A reform group began pushing for more flexible alimony laws in February 2016, claiming that permanent spousal support is unfair. Now, state Legislators are considering a bill that would give judges in family courts more discretion when making decisions on alimony payments.

Wyman Oxner, S.C. Alimony Reform President, likened permanent alimony to “involuntary servitude” and “slavery.” He calls South Carolina’s current laws “archaic.”

“You’re giving somebody else your wages and it’s not in your control,” Oxner argues. “Nobody should have to pay another person simply because their marriage ended.”

“One side wins the lottery. The other side is in prison the rest of their life,” he told The State.

Under current law, the former breadwinner pays spousal support until the ex remarries or lies with a new partner for more than 90 consecutive days. The more than 700 members of the S.C. Alimony Reform group say the current system is unfair...

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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:23 am

South Carolina alimony reform bill heads to Senate floor

By Maya T. Prabhu mprabhu@postandcourier.com Mar 21, 2017

COLUMBIA — Those seeking relief from paying indefinite alimony got a small victory Tuesday when a Statehouse panel voted to send a bill to the Senate floor.

The measure makes it easier for judges to order alimony payments that would not extend for someone's lifetime. It also would allow for altering court orders for alimony if someone's financial circumstances change.

Senators heard several days of testimony from those paying alimony...............

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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:47 pm

Letters: Why am I still paying alimony?

COLUMBIA, SC
I am 70 years old with no possibility of retirement because my ex-wife made less than I did and was awarded permanent alimony when we divorced 17 years ago. In most other states, fixed-term or rehabilitative alimony would have been awarded for a limited time. Our archaic alimony law seems to favor permanent alimony as the default choice for Family Court judges. Permanent alimony lasts until the payee dies or re-marries, often making retirement impossible for the payer.

I am one of 900 members of S.C. Alimony Reform, which wants to change the way alimony is awarded to make it fairer for all parties. Please join us.

NEIL BAER

CHAPIN

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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:36 pm

Letter: Alimony reform

Dave Pierce
Salt Marsh Cove
James Island

I proudly belong to a hardworking movement whose mission is self-evident: S.C. alimony reform, and we’ve worked through thick and thin for six years to modify the archaic language on the S.C. law books regarding the awarding of permanent alimony — only to have the bills delayed or killed each year by one senator.

There still seem to be endless ways that one lone state senator can keep bills merely from being voted on — and the only reason to really use this power is if the senator believes the majority clearly supports the bill. All indications are that this was the case with S.92.

Despite progress made in other states on alimony reform in 2016, a group of family court lawyers managed to once again block reform here in South Carolina — where progressive reform may as well be measured in glacial movement. While some lawyers truly want to see fair divorce settlements, others say the system is not at all broken, and oppose bills that would establish clear alimony guidelines and make reasonable divorce mediations actually possible.

Honest, hard-working family court lawyers know the current system is grossly unfair and provided invaluable input to our effort to create a set of alimony-reform bills sponsored by Sens. Greg Gregory, Katrina Shealy and Luke Rankin.

All the bills emphasize that permanent alimony is no longer the preferred form of alimony, so elderly divorcees can actually retire and the middle-aged can help send their children to college.

Imagine being married to someone for less than 10 years, but paying your ex-spouse as much as a third of your income for the rest of your life. It creates lasting acrimony between ex-spouses, and has a direct effect on children having to deal with their parents’ aggravation.....
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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:15 am

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Alimony system needs reform

SC Now Morning News 3-25-2018

We have in our society an unbelievably archaic system of forced financial hardship. It is known as permanent alimony.

This is found in our civil law and Family Court system. This is imposed quite often during divorces, and its hardships are generally unknown to most of our community. But understand that the payor (and this can be either male or female) must make this payment every month. And that is before any of his or her own living costs can be met. And this goes on until the payee dies, remarries or the situation is changed by the court.

Thankfully, there are people working for changes. South Carolina Alimony Reform is a group dedicated to making changes in these unfair and archaic laws. The process is slow. but it is heartening to know that 25 states have made changes in their laws regarding alimony. No doubt, it is time for this to happen here as well.

There is resistance from some members of our legislature, but there is also support from some as well. Changes in this law would help bring fairness to this system. This affects the parties involved and children as well. A party paying permanent alimony will not have the money to do things for his or her children that they would like to do.

Please consider joining and supporting South Carolina Alimony Reform. A visit to scalimonyreform.com will give the latest in legislative efforts, links to a petition for reform and also some of the difficult stories of those burdened with this financial imposition.

"Divorce is not a crime. Alimony should not be a life sentence."

GARY WHITE
Hartsville

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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:53 am

South Carolina's divorcees do not want to live with the 'death sentence' of alimony

Thursday, July 5th 2018, 3:21 pm EDT
Thursday, July 5th 2018, 6:33 pm EDT
By Ashleigh Holland, State Reporter

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Divorcees in South Carolina, left writing checks to their ex-spouses for the rest of their lives, want to end that permanent alimony- a life sentence, as they call it.

It's a situation many are in: forced to pay into their golden years, even after remarrying and moving on with their new family - and they want the state law to change..................

http://www.wistv.com/story/38580979/sou ... of-alimony
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