Alimony Reform Group Aims To Update Florida Laws

By  //  January 31, 2013

Promotes New Legislation

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Alimony Reform co-director Alan Frisher of Melbourne wants to change Florida’s alimony laws so that they are fair to both genders.

Many states haven’t pursued meaningful review of alimony legislation since the 1950s.

Frisher believes times have changed with many women now leading the way in the workforce and primary household earners.

He said current laws heap immense hardship upon those who must support an ex-spouse until he dies or she dies.

Too many alimony payers are forced into insolvency, bankruptcy, foreclosure, and often must repeatedly return to divorce court, when life circumstances change and they need to modify payments, according to Frisher.

Florida Alimony Reform is optimistic legislation can be passed this year to modify and modernize alimony in the Sunshine State.


  1. Permanent Alimony should be done away with but giving 50% of the years they were married in some cases still results in permanent alimony. If you were married 30 years, and then divorce at age 55 you will be saddled with 15 years of alimony. You’ll be 70 years old when you are finished paying off the ex. Florida should do away with any long term alimony, assets should be split at 50% not grossed up for taxes, straight down the middle and some transitional alimony should be given but no ex should be entitled to future earnings, especially if they filed for the divorce. If they hold a degree especially a Masters degree they should be working not just sitting back and drawing a paycheck.

  2. There is no reason for permanent alimony nor for alimony equal to one half of the length of the marriage. All that is necessary is a fair distribution of all marital assets and educational support UNTIL both spouses have equal credentials. Once both spouses have an equal split of possessions and equal education, they can both face the job market the same way everyone else does. Today’s laws allow a completely UNFAIR hardship on male spouses. My ex had a bachelor’s degree and a full-time job. She is the one who suggested that I move out. She is the one who was Baker Acted and placed in a mental institution by her employer and local law enforcement. She is the one with a documented history of sexually abusing underage males. And yet – a female judge gave her 100% of our bank accounts, 100% of our home, 100% of our possessions, 100% of our vehicles, 100% of my pension and alimony to be drawn from my disability check each month. There is no fairness to alimony. It is court-ordered slavery with the threat of jail for inability to pay.

  3. Permanent alimony is just that….lifetime welfare. Permanent alimony recipients are the only segment of society that have to do nothing for themselves. The only fair thing for this state to do is to abolish permanent alimony. There should be a formula set for payment amount and an end of duration. Not just some arbitrary figure for the amount and until death for the length. While the payor is working like crazy to save enough to retire themselves, PLUS an ex-spouse, the EX is required to do nothing? My feeling is that if there is a scheduled end in sight, it will encourage the receiver to work and save to become self supporting at some point. That’s what everyone one else has to do.

  4. There is no use for permanent alimony. Since the mid-1960’s there have been major changes in the workplace with regard to salary, career advancement and employee perks (daycare) that are no longer exclusive to men. Labor laws and the Equal Rights Amendment have advanced the chances for women in the workplace.
    The need for permanent alimony is fictional at best and oppresses wives and ex wives into the victim mindset, hurting these women and their children.
    The only ones that win with permanent alimony are the family law attorneys who are seeking board certification or board re-certification.

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