Divorced South Carolinians want end to lifelong alimony payments
BY AVERY G. WILKS
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......
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