Alan Frisher Advocates Florida Alimony Reform
By MarketWatch.com // February 13, 2013
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Alan Frisher, quoted below in this Wall Street Journal MARKET WATCH article, has been in business in Brevard County as a Financial Advisor since 2000. He established Sage Divorce Planning, LLC in 2006 to offer the highest level of professionalism and personal service when dealing with the financial issues of divorce. Frisher earned a B.A. degree with honors in Economics from the City University of New York. He is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and graduated from the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts. He has extensive experience in the financial services industry, having received specialized training in the financial issues of divorce, and has fulfilled continuing education requirements.
Florida House and Senate Bills Filed to Challenge Outdated Permanent Alimony Laws
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) — Florida Alimony Reform (FAR) has officially launched its legislative campaign to change the state’s outdated permanent alimony laws with the filing of HB 231 and SB 718.
Filed by Rep Ritch Workman (R-Melbourne), HB 231 revises the many factors to be considered when awarding alimony, including how much and for how long. The bill, which is scheduled to be heard by the Civil Justice subcommittee, sets alimony payments based on a percentage of the net income for the payer.
Companion bill SB 718, filed Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland), eliminates permanent alimony and, among other things, requires the court to make written findings justifying any extension of alimony. The former spouse seeking alimony must prove need and the obligor, must have the ability to pay, under the proposed legislation.
Rep. Workman is bringing the bill back this session to finish the work he started last year when HB549 overwhelmingly passed by a nearly 3-to-1 margin.
“These laws need to be revised because there is no standard for allocating alimony amounts or duration,” Alan Frisher, FAR’s co-director and spokesman said. “Today’s alimony laws are oppressive and harsh enough to create dire financial consequences for any money earner, forcing them into bankruptcy or, if they can’t pay, sending them to jail.”