SOURCE: South Carolina Alimony Reform

January 02, 2014 10:00 ET

Alimony Reform Movement Growing in South Carolina

Outdated Alimony Laws to Be Discussed by South Carolina Alimony Reform

COLUMBIA, SC--(Marketwired - Jan 2, 2014) - South Carolina Alimony Reform, a state non-profit organization, will be hosting a public conference on January 11, 2014. The group has taken the initiative to advance alimony awards through consistency, modifications, predictability and structure.

The goal of the South Carolina Alimony Reform, founded in 2011, is to provide relief for those suffering hardship due to paying permanent alimony in the state of South Carolina by changing permanent alimony laws to limited duration alimony with a safety valve for those that need it due to physical or mental disabilities. Alimony reform laws have been passed in several states and are presently under consideration in Florida, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Massachusetts passed sweeping reform in 2011.

Steve Hitner, founder of Massachusetts Alimony Reform, will be the keynote speaker. Due to his advocacy, Hitner was appointed to an Alimony Reform Task Force. Jerry Govan, the House Representative of Orangeburg County and the sponsor of the bill, and other guest speakers including a member of the South Carolina Bar will be present. The speakers will speak on how permanent alimony affects so many people and guests will learn to be an advocate in their own community.

Food will be served throughout the day. There is a $15 charge for the general public to attend. The event will take place at Dupre's Catering located at 300 Senate Street Columbia, South Carolina. The press is welcome to attend and interview members about the hardships that they endure due to paying permanent alimony.

So many have been affected by these alimony laws, the following are a few of their stories:

Due to alimony payments my wife and children go without, I have no money for clothes or food even though I work every day to try and provide for them. Many are involved in alimony not just the one paying it, and I have no legal protection which makes these laws unfair and they need to be changed. -John Cox

My husband, a combat veteran, returned from Afghanistan with physical injuries and undiagnosed PTSD to find that his then wife filed for divorce and alimony for life. The courts say it is fair for a disabled vet who has a GED, who will never return to his profession should pay half his income for life to an able-bodied woman with a nursing degree because he was married to her at one time. - Mikell & Lisa Edge

For more information go to scalimonyreform.com

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Wyman Oxner
    Organization Founder
    (803) 531-3002