Family Law Reform Summit Set In Orlando
By Space Coast Daily // August 16, 2013
effort to fix outdated alimony laws
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Family Law Reform will host their 2013 Family Law Reform Summit in Orlando beginning tomorrow.
The event, which will be held tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Shingle Creek Resort located on 9939 Universal Boulevard, will feature panel discussions as well as providing Family Law Reform members and supporters with detailed updates about their alimony reform efforts to fix our outdated permanent alimony laws.
“We have about 300 registered attendees for the Summit,” said Alan Ross Frisher, CDFA, of Sage Financial Planning in Melbourne.
“This is an informational summit as well as a fundraiser for the organization. It takes funding to help the legislators who are pro-reform to stay in office, to get access to these legislators, and it takes funding to promote our cause and educate the legislators as well as the general public about the critical need for alimony reform,” said Frisher.
PRIMARY LEGISLATIVE GOALS
• Support self-sufficiency and independence for the lower-earning spouse through alimony payments that continue during a transition period, which lasts more than a decade in long-term marriages;
• Maintain appropriate judicial discretion to fairly judge unique circumstances where the lower-earning spouse is physically or mentally unable to work to gain self-sufficiency, continuing alimony payments in special cases, and only until no longer needed;
• End lifelong alimony dependency, allowing each party of the divorce to move-on with independent lives;
• Obtain retirement rights for alimony payers, the same rights enjoyed by all other citizens;
• Protect second spouses from current case law, which may allow judges to use second spouses income and assets and then force the alimony payer to pay an increased amount of alimony to a first spouse based now on a new “family income,” or face jail.
• End expensive legal battles over vague alimony laws and interpretations; and
• Provide equal and consistent treatment, where the outcome of a alimony case is not decided by the Russian Roulette selection of the family court judge.