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Opinion: Alimony In Conn: Past, Present And Future

The Connecticut Law Tribune

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Alimony reform is upon us. Last year, Massachusetts dramatically changed its alimony laws. Alimony legislation has been proposed in Florida and New Jersey. Three years ago, New York adopted guidelines for temporary alimony.

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    The impetus against alimony reform goes far deeper than reducing the amount of billable time lawyers can charge for. The state and court system receive matching funds from the Federal Government, under the Child Support Enforcement Act. Under Title 42, Chapter 7, subchapter4, part IV, sections 651 through 659. The state/court system is reimbursed 66 cents on the dollar for money awarded in Child support, alimony and legal fees up to an amount of over $500 MILLION dollars. For 200 years, the court system functioned without this money. This kickback has been present for about 2 decades. This kickback has corrupted the practice of divorce law, by incentivizing too much alimony, child support and legal fees than are truly necessary and that the more economically successful spouse can realistically provide.

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