ALIMONY REFORM – BETTER LATE THEN NEVER by Alan J. Elkins, Esq.

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Alan Elikins EsqTwo years ago I represented a small minority of attorneys in favor of alimony reform. We were on the right side of the issue then and our numbers have grown since that time. This year, I feel the thrill of victory will be ours. The same Florida Bar section that opposed us has now become an advocate to the notion that permanent alimony is unfair and must cease.

I argued two years ago that if we can have child support guidelines than we can have alimony guidelines. Guidelines provide continuity and predictability. Judges will always have the ultimate say so however they will now have parameters to follow.

On a personal note, I have been paying permanent alimony for over 14 years on a 20 year marriage so I understand the pain that many of my clients feel. I get up and go to work 5 days a week to support my non-working ex-wife ( a college educated former school teacher), her live in boyfriend and his adult son. It doesn’t seem fair and it is not. Anyone who has gone through the court system knows how long, difficult and expensive the process is. It doesn’t matter if you are going through an initial divorce action or a modification. Hopefully, this legislative session will bring us the relief that we have been seeking for so many years from our elected leaders.

Alan J. Elkins, Esq. is a practicing attorney and Florida Bar member since 1978. He is a member of the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida with offices in South Florida and the Orlando area.

For information on Alan Frisher and his services as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), please visit www.SageDivorce.com.

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