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South Carolina Alimony Reform

Post by Skitz » Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:49 pm

Welcome a new group just getting their Web site off the ground.

http://scalimonyreform.com/Home_Page.html

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Post by dochollidey58 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:02 am

We are a new group that is trying to change the archaic alimony laws in South Carolina. We are putting our heads together to come up with the changes to relieve so many people from the bondage of permanent alimony. We invite anyone interested in our group to contact us at info@scalimonyreform.com or scalimonyreform@gmail.com. We would love to have people that would be willing to give testimonies as to how permanent alimony has affected your life in a negative way. Send us your horror stories. Has it affected your finances, second marriage, or forced you to serve jail time because you lost your job or could not pay for reasons beyond your control? Let us hear from you. Helping us helps you!

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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Post by Skitz » Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:38 am

Alimony Reform Movement Growing in South Carolina

Digital Journal.com

COLUMBIA, SC--(Marketwired - Jan 2, 2014) - South Carolina Alimony Reform, a state non-profit organization, will be hosting a public conference on January 11, 2014. The group has taken the initiative to advance alimony awards through consistency, modifications, predictability and structure.

The goal of the South Carolina Alimony Reform, founded in 2011, is to provide relief for those suffering hardship due to paying permanent alimony in the state of South Carolina by changing permanent alimony laws to limited duration alimony with a safety valve for those that need it due to physical or mental disabilities. Alimony reform laws have been passed in several states and are presently under consideration in Florida, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Massachusetts passed sweeping reform in 2011.

Steve Hitner, founder of Massachusetts Alimony Reform, will be the keynote speaker. Due to his advocacy, Hitner was appointed to an Alimony Reform Task Force. Jerry Govan, the House Representative of Orangeburg County and the sponsor of the bill, and other guest speakers including a member of the South Carolina Bar will be present. The speakers will speak on how permanent alimony affects so many people and guests will learn to be an advocate in their own community.

Food will be served throughout the day. There is a $15 charge for the general public to attend. The event will take place at Dupre's Catering located at 300 Senate Street Columbia, South Carolina. The press is welcome to attend and interview members about the hardships that they endure due to paying permanent alimony.

So many have been affected by these alimony laws, the following are a few of their stories:

Due to alimony payments my wife and children go without, I have no money for clothes or food even though I work every day to try and provide for them. Many are involved in alimony not just the one paying it, and I have no legal protection which makes these laws unfair and they need to be changed. -John Cox

My husband, a combat veteran, returned from Afghanistan with physical injuries and undiagnosed PTSD to find that his then wife filed for divorce and alimony for life. The courts say it is fair for a disabled vet who has a GED, who will never return to his profession should pay half his income for life to an able-bodied woman with a nursing degree because he was married to her at one time. - Mikell & Lisa Edge

For more information go to scalimonyreform.com

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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Post by Skitz » Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:05 pm

Letter: State’s alimony laws need to be reformed

This legislative session, at least four bills will be presented to reform permanent alimony.

Permanent, or periodic alimony, as it is called, forces a payer to financially support an able-bodied ex-spouse for life unless the recipient re-marries. While limited-duration alimony is appropriate to support a lesser-earning spouse during a transition period, permanent alimony can and does become a disincentive for re-entering the workplace or remarriage.

This unfair financial burden can cause tremendous hardship on the payer, with many left impoverished themselves and never able to retire..................................
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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Post by Skitz » Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:56 pm

Group wants to end permanent alimony in SC

COLUMBIA, SC — Wyman Oxner says he has paid enough for his failed marriage.

Oxner, who has been paying alimony for two decades, has launched a campaign to abolish “permanent” alimony in South Carolina.

“There’s no reason to have to pay somebody forever simply because your marriage failed,” said Oxner, who said he was married for 21 years and has been paying alimony since 1999.

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Oxner isn’t alone.

The Oxner-founded S.C. Alimony Reform group says it has more than 200 members and an alliance with a second-wives group. Similar efforts to change alimony laws are ongoing in Florida and Connecticut.

S.C. lawmakers are listening. They could create a task force this session to assess the state’s alimony laws......
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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Post by Skitz » Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:14 pm

Group pushes for end to permanent alimony in SC

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Five years, 10 years, 20 years or more. How long after a marriage has ended should someone pay alimony to their ex-spouse?

That's the question one group is lobbying lawmakers to review. The South Carolina Alimony Reform Group said it's time to get rid of permanent alimony.

In South Carolina the wedding vow “til death do us part” doesn't necessarily end after divorce.

“Alimony currently in South Carolina, permanent alimony is the only debt that can never be satisfied without the death of the payer or the death of the receiver,” Melissa Cash said.

Cash is a member of the South Carolina Alimony Reform group. She got involved with the group as her husband of seven years is one of the many that pay permanent alimony to a former spouse.

“It affects our life to a very great degree. We have to balance and ration everything we do,” Cash said.

Her husband has paid alimony for 15 years and they said enough is enough.

“He's approaching the end of his career, but he can never end his career, because we are supporting someone else as well,” Cash said.

For circumstances like her's and others, the group wants lawmakers to get rid of permanent alimony..............
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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Post by Skitz » Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:09 pm

Hahn: SC alimony reform is long overdue

COLUMBIA, SC — The purpose of alimony should be to support the lesser-earning spouse (man or woman) for a period of time, so that he or she can move toward financial independence. This way the parties can get on with their lives after the painful experience of divorce. Because the laws have remained largely unchanged for the past 30 years, even as the economy and roles of men and women have changed, it is time for an update.

Rehabilitative alimony is fair. Permanent alimony, however, is not. It turns the ex-spouse with the greater income at the time of the divorce into a walking annuity, regardless of the reasons for the divorce and even if the marriage lasted less than ten years. The burden of paying alimony for the rest of one’s life is immense. If the ex-spouse receiving the alimony is supposed to enjoy the same quality of life he or she did during the marriage, then the ex-spouse paying the alimony certainly cannot. After all, he or she is now maintaining two households. Meanwhile, the ex-spouse receiving alimony contributes nothing to the arrangement....................
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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Post by Skitz » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:44 pm

Group seeks S.C. alimony reform

By Deborah Swearingen USC School of Journalism

COLUMBIA — “Till death do us part.”

The common marriage vow suggests a lifelong connection. But what happens when the connection fades?

Many go through rounds of marriage counseling followed by a trial separation before filing for divorce and ultimately facing the discussion of child support and alimony.

In South Carolina, the topic of alimony is heating up as the state’s alimony laws are being challenged by South Carolina Alimony Reform, an organization formed in 2011 and led by Wyman Oxner, an Orangeburg resident whose 21-year marriage ended in 2000.

Working with Oxner, Rep. Jerry Govan, D-Orangeburg, introduced a bill to create an alimony reform study committee composed of three House members, three Senate members and four others appointed by state officials.

Under a second bill, introduced by Rep. Cezar McKnight, D-Williamsburg, and Rep. Doug Brannon, R-Spartanburg, alimony would be limited to marriages lasting 10 or more years.

Deciding whether either spouse will receive alimony is one of the first steps in the divorce process...........
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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Post by Skitz » Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:22 pm

Is it time to tweak state’s alimony laws?

By Deborah Swearingen

“Till death do us part.”

The common marriage vow suggests a lifelong connection. But what happens when the connection fades?

Many go through rounds of marriage counseling followed by a trial separation before filing for divorce and ultimately facing the discussion of child support and alimony.

In South Carolina, the topic of alimony is heating up as the state’s alimony laws are being challenged by South Carolina Alimony Reform, an organization formed in 2011.

Led by Wyman Oxner, an Orangeburg resident whose 21-year marriage ended in 2000, the group is lobbying for alimony reform.

Working with Oxner, Rep. Jerry Govan, D-Orangeburg, introduced a bill to create an alimony reform study committee composed of three House members, three Senate members and four others appointed by state officials.

Under a second bill, introduced by Rep. Cezar McKnight, D-Williamsburg, and Rep. Doug Brannon, R-Spartanburg, alimony would be limited to marriages lasting 10 or more years.

Deciding whether either spouse will receive alimony is one of the first steps in the divorce process...............
http://www.berkeleyind.com/article/2015 ... 86/1071/BI
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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Post by Skitz » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:17 pm

Lawmakers Eye Alimony Reform

To hear the people testifying at an Oct. 19 State House committee hearing tell it, divorced women are a pack of scheming mooches, doing all they can to manipulate an alimony system that rewards them unjustly. They put off second marriages so they can keep collecting money from ex-husbands, all while flaunting engagement rings; they remain unemployed so a judge won’t take away their alimony.

In fairness, there was also talk of one mooching ex-husband. He gave up his career to become an artist, his ex-wife told lawmakers.

“The main reason we got divorced is because he was not really contributing to the marriage,” she said. Now, she says, she’s forced to support him even after the divorce.

Alimony — money that a judge orders one spouse to pay another following a divorce — can be an enormous burden, say reform proponents................
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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Post by Skitz » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:39 pm

A recent letter in the South Carolina "Statehouse Report".
It’s time to reform alimony

To the editor:

In the previous legislative session, Governor [Nikki] Haley established a bipartisan House/Senate committee to propose recommendations for alimony reform. Those recommendations have been now been proposed in H 4029 to the current sitting legislature.

H 4029 proposes reform to long-established alimony laws which established permanent alimony. Some issues addressed in the report are co-habitation and changes in circumstances which justify the termination or modification of permanent alimony.

The goal of the South Carolina alimony reform group, which numbers over 650 members and is growing statewide, is, ”Alimony Reform = Fairness for All”.

— Larry C. Davis, North Charleston, S.C.
http://www.statehousereport.com/2016/01 ... imum-wage/

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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Post by Skitz » Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:32 pm

In a letter to The Augusta Chronicle.....................
Alimony should be fair
By Wyman Oxner
Orangeburg S.C.
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

I am writing concerning the unfair permanent alimony laws in South Carolina.
There is a unjust weight being placed on those forced to pay permanent alimony. When the law says “permanent alimony,” it means that this payment is for the rest of your life unless your ex-spouse remarries. There are so many payers that can never retire because they are burdened with lifetime alimony payments. Many are facing bankruptcy and then jail time if they cannot pay. This is a form of indentured servitude, and should be limited to no more than half the length of the marriage.

Things have changed since the early 1900s, when women did not own very much property or could find decent jobs, and were not even considered equal legal entities. Women now are in the work force making equal pay; they are CEOs of large companies; and many own their own companies. They now make more money than men in four out of 10 households, so now there also are more and more women being forced to pay permanent alimony.

There is an organization called South Carolina Alimony Reform that is calling for improvement and fairness to the current alimony laws. You can contact it at its website at scalimonyreform.com or write to scalimonyreform@gmail.com.

Please contact your House legislators and ask them to vote for alimony reform and support House Bill 4029 during the current legislative session. Ask your senators to vote for the companion bill in the Senate.

Ex-spouses should not have to pay for the rest of their lives simply because their marriages failed.

(The writer is founder and president of the advocacy group South Carolina Alimony Reform.)
http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/le ... ld-be-fair

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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Post by Skitz » Tue Feb 09, 2016 1:49 pm

SC advocacy group trying to reform alimony law in Columbia

Posted February 8, 2016 10:50 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News, News
By Mike Crowder

A South Carolina man helping to try and change the state’s alimony law says it’s archaic and unjust.

Wyman Oxner says his group is not against alimony, just lifetime alimony.

“We can understand if the husband or wife, whoever’s getting paid, didn’t work during the marriage and may need ten years to get back on their feet,” Oxner said.

“You can be a doctor in ten years,” Oxner added.

“I can’t see any purpose for it ever going for more than ten years.”

Oxner says child support helps divorced parents with children.

“Even with child support, the court recognizes that when a child is 21 years old, they’re an adult and can take care of themselves,” Oxner said.

“They don’t use that logic with alimony,” Oxner added.

Oxner says alimony reform legislation is in the state House, and there’s a companion bill in the Senate.

Oxner says his advocacy group has more than 700 members in South Carolina.
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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Post by Skitz » Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:39 am

Alimony reform bill heads to House floor

by Maya T. Prabhu of The Post and Courier

COLUMBIA — A group working to end permanent alimony in South Carolina is one step closer to achieving reform after a Statehouse panel voted Tuesday to send a bill creating “transitional” payment for a period of time to the House floor.

The bill gives judges the ability to award spousal support with an expiration date. It also removes the assumption that periodic permanent alimony is the preferred method for alimony, said Rep. Doug Brannon, R-Landrum.

S.C. Alimony Reform has lobbied the Legislature for more than a year for changes to the way spousal support is paid.

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously voted in favor of the legislation.............
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Re: South Carolina Alimony Reform

Post by Skitz » Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:48 am

SC Senate ‘shenanigans’ killed alimony reform bills

By: Heather Hahn

COLUMBIA, SC
Despite progress made in other states on alimony reform in 2016, a group of family court lawyers managed to block reform in South Carolina. While some lawyers want to see fair divorce settlements, others say the system is not broken, presumably because they are lining their own pockets. They opposed bills that would establish clear alimony guidelines and make reasonable divorce mediations possible. These are the lawyers who encourage expensive, protracted lawsuits and clients who go for their ex-spouses’ jugular...................
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