TASK FORCE MAY CONSIDER ALIMONY REFORM
MAR. 11, 2016, 7:40 PM BY MIKE FAHER
A Brattleboro businessman’s push to reform Vermont’s alimony laws appears to be gaining traction in the Legislature.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday unanimously approved a bill that would create a “Spousal Support and Maintenance Task Force” to consider whether changes are needed in the state’s alimony statute. That vote came two days after Rick Fleming, president of Vermont Alimony Reform, made an impassioned pitch to committee members.
Chairman Dick Sears, D-Bennington, didn’t endorse any specific shifts in the law. But after hearing Fleming’s request for more clarity and uniformity in the statute, Sears said it’s worth taking a look.
“At least to give an opportunity for us to review our current statutes regarding alimony, I don’t think it’s a bad idea,” Sears said.
Fleming began pursuing alimony reform due to his own experiences. He said he pays more than $2,300 monthly to his ex-wife, and his attempts to get that payment lowered have been unsuccessful. Meanwhile, Fleming said a downturn in his oil business – which he was forced to sell – has led to financial problems that have been ignored by the courts..................
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