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We at South Carolina Alimony Reform are working hard to change the archaic and unfair permanent laws in SC. So many people are having their lives ruined by the current laws. There is a unjust weight being placed on those forced to pay permanent alimony. When the law says "permanent alimony" it means that this payment is for the rest of your life unless your ex-spouse remarries. There are so many payers that can never retire because they are burdened with lifetime alimony payments. Many are facing bankruptcy and then jail time if they cannot pay. This is a form of indentured servitude and should be limited to no more than half the length of the marriage. Things have changed since the early 1900's when women could not own property or find a decent job and were not even considered legal entities. Women are now in the work force making equal pay, they are CEO's of large companies, and many own their own companies. They now make more money than men in 4 out of 10 households, so now there are also more and more women being forced to pay permanent alimony.

South Carolina Alimony Reform is calling for improvement and more fairness to the current alimony laws. Please contact your House legislators and ask them to vote for alimony reform and support bill H-4029 during the current legislative session. Ask your Senators to vote for the companion bill in the Senate. No one should have to pay another person for the rest of their life simply because their marriage failed.

Write a Letter to the Editor of Your Local Newspaper

We are asking each one of our members to write a letter to the editor of their local newspaper. In your letter tell how permanent alimony means "permanent" and is a lifetime payment. Tell how archaic and unfair it is. Ask your House Representatives to support alimony reform by voting for our bill, H-4029. Ask your Senate Representatives to support our companion bill in the Senate once it is introduced. Mention SC Alimony Reform and ask the readers of the letter to write to us at SCalimonyreform@gmail.com and join us in the fight against the current permanent alimony laws in SC.

When people read these letters they find out about our organization. When they find out about us they join us. When they join us it puts more pressure on the legislature to act.

REMEMBER...IF WE DO NOTHING THE PERMANENT ALIMONY LAWS WILL NEVER CHANGE!!!

 

PRIMARY LEGISLATIVE GOALS

1) Alimony should end at the legal retirement age of payer as determined by the published Social Security guidelines based on payer's birth year. The recipient shall be given 120 day notice in writing in advance of such event.

2) Alimony should end at any point when the recipient's passive or active income or assets exceeds that of the payer.

3) The eligibility to receive alimony and its duration shall be based on the length of the marriage with the term of the alimony calculated by an increasing graduated percentage thereof.

4) Schedule of alimony payments based on length of marital years:

Less than 5 years 0%
5-10 years 20%
10-20 years 30%
20-30 years 40%
30 years + 50%

In no instance, shall alimony be paid for longer than 50% of the length of the marriage. Judicial discretion may be applied to extend alimony only in those circumstances involving medically documented and verifiable physical or mental disability which would prohibit adequate employment.

5) Should the payer seek modification for reduction of alimony based on a significant and verifiable change of circumstances due to a health, financial or employment setback, which supports an inability, either temporary or permanent, to pay alimony the court will not arbitrarily increase the amount which is being sought to reduce.

6) The amount of alimony paid shall be offset by the amount of the Social Security Spousal benefit received if alimony is still in effect at payer's retirement age.

7) Subsequent spouses' income and/or assets may not be considered in any calculation of alimony.

8) Co-habitation as a bar to alimony shall be defined as "any such time two non-related individuals, gender notwithstanding, move in together and are socially recognized as being a couple, sharing a home, expenses and all the benefits and responsibilities of a legally married husband and wife. Confirmation of co-habitation may be sufficiently supported by the same mailing address on a driver's license, income tax returns, jointly named on utility accounts, bank accounts or other personal documents, which because of their nature support an intimacy typically related to a legal marriage."

I would like to thank all of our members for their hard work and support. If you would like to join our organization and help us change the archaic laws in South Carolina please click on the "Join Our Cause" button in the upper left hand corner of this web site and sign up. We need all the help that we can get. We are an all volunteer group and no one is paid for their efforts. We are just a group of people who feel that is unfair and unjust to have to pay someone for the rest of your life simply because your marriage failed.

I was interviewed by the Johnathan & Kelly Show on Tuesday January 13 in Columbia. If you would like to hear the Podcasts just click on the links below:

http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/3294247
http://traffic.libsyn.com/rashradio/011315__SC_Alimony_.mp3
http://traffic.libsyn.com/rashradio/011315__SC_Alimony_.mp3

 

Please contact us if you want to help change the laws in South Carolina. If you are paying permanent alimony you need to join our organization. When you help us you help yourself. You can contact us at www.scalimonyreform.com or e-mail us at

 

We are a state of South Carolina non-profit association dedicated to modernizing the outdated alimony laws of South Carolina. We are looking for people just like you that would like to join us in our effort. If you feel that the alimony laws in South Carolina are unfair and unjust in today's society, please join us and help us update these archaic laws. We are seeking to change permanent alimony to limited duration alimony with a safety valve for those that really need it due to physical or mental disabilities. You can e-mail us at . You may also call us at 803-531-3002.

Check out the links below for an eye-opening view of how permanent alimony ruins lives.

http://www.floridaalimonyreform.com/

Money manager jailed for failure to pay alimony

Man says alimony payments could cause him to lose his home


To see why our movement is so important
- check out this new video from YouTube!

But change can happen! Through the efforts of an organization very much like ours
they reformed the alimony laws in Massachusetts in 2011.

Thank you for your support!

We are asking everyone that is interested in assisting us to please make a contribution to help with the cost of our expenses. As you know it takes money to operate a web site, run radio and tv ads, rent billboards, and travel to Columbia to meet with your representatives and with the media. We plan to run more billboards and tv/radio ads in the future. We would appreciate any donations to help with our operations. As little as $10.00 will help us represent you and help with our operating expenses. We appreciate any and all donations to the cause. Remember... this is an all volunteer operation. No one receives pay in our organization. Please make all contributions to the following address: (or you can click on our donations button in the top left corner of this web page and donate via PayPal. Please note that PayPal keeps a portion of our donation when you use them).

SC Alimony Reform
878 Heyward Dr
Orangeburg, SC 29118

 

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