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Virginia Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:24 am

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Re: Virginia Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Tue Aug 02, 2016 11:23 pm

Alimony laws need reform
by: Sam Brittingham, Virginia Alimony Reform

Ater a judge told an 84-year-old man that he had to keep working to pay alimony and couldn't retire, Massachusetts ended permanent alimony. Permanent Alimony should terminate at retirement because it's unfair to older Americans who can't afford to pay.

Virginia requires spouses to pay permanent alimony and this denies older Americans the right to retire

For an average wage earner, Social Security benefits are $27,432 a year. According to the IRS, average alimony is $20,985 a year. During retirement, less than $7,000 remains i.e., the receiving spouse forces the paying spouse to live in poverty.

Among those Americans with a disability, 40 percent are over 65. The employment rate for disabled workers somewhere below 50 percent. The average monthly disability payment is $1,130 a month, enough to live above poverty but not to pay alimony. The average wait to receive the first check is 1 ½ years.

In 2014, almost half of those unemployed over age 55 had been unemployed for 27 weeks or longer. Unemployment for the average worker is $1,512 a month for 26 weeks. Older workers spend more time searching for work, accept lower wages, become discouraged and give up............

http://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-edi ... story.html
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Re: Virginia Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:33 pm

Alimony laws need reform

Posted Dec 4, 2016 at 2:01 AM in The Progress-Index

Before sentencing Romeo Silerio to two years in Norfolk City Jail for failure to pay $250,000 in child support and alimony, the judge offered Silerio a way out i.e., “pay $100,000 and he could go home.” It’s been two years and Virginia taxpayers paid $336,000 to confine him.

Silerio, a warehouse forklift driver, earned less than $30,000 a year yet his wife was awarded $31,821.36 a year alimony and child support.

Virginia awards alimony for marriages of less than 10 years, when the difference in income is less than $20,000, whether they have children or not, whether a spouse asks for it or not and, to self-sufficient college educated spouses working in established careers.

Men live in poverty and face confinement until they die.

New Jersey Alimony Reform hired Rutgers University to survey public feelings about permanent alimony. Sixty-eight percent of men and 61 percent of women believe alimony should provide financial support until a former spouse becomes financially independent.

These feeling reflect that nearly 70 percent of women work whether they have children or not. Up to 38 percent out-earn men.

Today, the emphasis is no longer concerned with "standard of living." Instead the issue is the "ability to be self-supporting". Spousal support is not compatible with the emerging societal view that perceives women separately from their husbands. Society expects both spouses to be economically productive in pursuit of their own businesses and careers. By today’s standard, women have become, or should have become, self-sufficient.

Sam Brittingham

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Re: Virginia Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:34 pm

Brittingham: Virginia should modify alimony laws

From The Roanoke Times
Posted: Wednesday, January 4, 2017 2:00 am
Sam Brittingham | Brittingham is an architect and lives in Virginia Beach

After working 30 years as an engineer and 20 years as a teacher, an 84-year-old man asked a Massachusetts Family Court judge to modify his alimony so he could retire. The judge told him that he had to keep working to pay alimony and couldn’t afford to retire. This prompted Massachusetts to vote unanimously to presumptively end permanent alimony at retirement age.
Since then, Florida voted unanimously three times to end permanent alimony at retirement age but Gov. Rick Scott won’t sign it, stating, “Family law issues are very personal, and nearly every family comes to the court with different circumstances and needs. As such, we must be judicious and carefully consider the long term and real life repercussions on Florida families.”
Virginia adopted permanent alimony more than 35 years ago. “Signing this bill is a huge step forward in making Florida fair,” said Tarie MacMillan, 65, who said she has been paying alimony for 16 years to her ex-husband, to whom she was married for 13 years. Unfortunately, Governor Scott didn’t sign it...........

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Re: Virginia Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:28 pm

Reform Virginia alimony laws

LETTER TO TO EDITOR
Sam Brittingham | Virginia Beach, Virginia

Before leaving, a father I know wrote this about his daughter and son: “She is such a sweet, kind and gentle spirit, and he is smart and fearless. I had no confidence and was paralyzed with fear that I would be going to jail whenever my former wife wanted (more).”

Virginia allows spouses to return to court anytime to request more alimony.

Alimony is considered property, and Virginia Property Settlement Agreements are enforced by law. When he can no longer pay, he’ll go to jail.

According to an article from Bowling Green State University, since 2014, nearly one in four divorces are to couples over 50, and almost one in 10 is over 65. “Long-term marriages are not immune to divorce — more than 55 percent of gray divorces involved a split for couples who had been married more than 20 years,” and alimony is almost always granted after long-term marriages......

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Re: Virginia Alimony Reform

Postby Skitz » Thu May 11, 2017 3:53 pm

Virginia needs to reform alimony rules

The Progress-Index
Posted May 5, 2017 at 2:01 AM

In 1990, a man retired and, two years later, his wife filed for divorce. They were married almost 40 years. In 1994, the trial court divided assets equally; imputed $40,000 income to the husband, awarded his wife medical insurance and $1,000 per month alimony.

The husband appealed, “did the trial court err in imputing income to a retired person, did the trial court err by ordering him to pay medical insurance and, did the trial court err in awarding alimony?”

In a 5-4 split, the Virginia Appellate Court upheld the trial court’s decision. The man’s attorney remarked “the impact of this court’s opinion, with the lack of standards set forth in its opinion creates a decision that is not good public policy and opens the potential of a floodgate involving spousal support issues for the senior citizens of this Commonwealth.”

Four dissenting Virginia Appellate Judges summarize, “It’s wrong that a trial Judge may require a spouse who is retired and later divorced to abandon his or her retirement and reenter the workforce. A payor spouse would be placed in the untenable position of being unable to retire at any age if courts did not consider the reduced income resulting from a reasonable voluntary retirement when deciding whether to modify alimony obligations.”.....

http://www.progress-index.com/news/2017 ... mony-rules
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