TAVARAS, Fla., Nov. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- During the past few years, Florida Alimony Reform (FAR) has worked hard to effect change to the state's permanent alimony laws. While that battle continues, FAR's leadership has come to realize that the organization can't continue to focus solely on alimony reform. Once successful in Tallahassee, the battle must continue. That's why FAR has formed Family Law Reform, a Committee of Continuous Existence.
"We did this because we want to help our lawmakers structure good laws that benefit our citizens, and not laws that serve only special interest groups," said Florida Alimony Reform Co-Director Alan Frisher.
Family Law Reform CCE's goals include:
- To assist citizens in understanding the nature and actions of their government relating to family law issues and the records of public office holders and candidates for elective office.
- To assist members of the committee in organizing themselves for effective political action to further their civic and professional responsibilities and goals of the committee.
- To conduct fundraising activities to attain those goals and to make contributions to candidates, political committees, other committees of continuous existence, electioneering communications organizations, political organizations and political parties as authorized by Florida law.
"This is not to say that we will do away with Florida Alimony Reform and the Second Wives Club. Both will continue to exist. We are simply broadening our scope to include other issues relevant to family law," said Frisher.
In preparation for the upcoming legislative session, Florida Alimony Reform has been conducting Town Hall Meetings across Florida for the last five months. Those meetings will culminate with a statewide Town Hall Meeting on Nov. 10 in Tampa at the Embassy Suites (10220 Palm River Road).
Members of Florida Alimony Reform's Board of Directors will also give an update on the goals of this year's legislative campaign. Officers are currently in the process of obtaining a guest speaker for the event.
We continue to pursue five key areas:
- Removal of permanent alimony from present statutes.
- The need for alimony payer to have the right to retire at Federal Retirement age or standard retirement age for 'high risk' professions.
- A defined amount based on a formula that is fair, and averages incomes for both spouses.
- Second Wives' or husbands' income shall not be used to calculate an upward modification of alimony.
- The right to modify a current judgment.
"Permanent alimony does not end a failed marriage," noted Frisher. "Instead it marks the beginning of a new adversarial relationship involving a lifetime of financial obligation, dependence, and return trips to divorce court by either party when circumstances change. With the election behind us, it's time to look ahead to upcoming legislative sessions around the country and to put pressure on lawmakers to change every state's antiquated alimony laws."
Founded in 2010, Florida Alimony Reform was created to change the state's antiquated alimony laws. Based in Tavaras, Fla., FAR represents more than 2,000 families across the state.
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Source: Florida Alimony Reform