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A majority of this nation's men and women have declared a "Marriage Strike" to bring attention to the resulting financial suicide, the abuses, and injustices of the family law system in hopes the courts, legislators and the public will take notice.......Click "Marriage Strike" on Main Menu Link for details

the need to abolish Permanent
"Life-time" Alimony!

-"The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."
---Abraham Lincoln

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Divorce and family law is based on an antiquated social custom that it is a man's responsibility to support women because they are weaker, incapable of being equal to men, and better equipped to raise children. This is simply not the case in today's society and our laws need to be changed to reflect this fact. The courts declaring that women need to be supported for the rest of their lives is a slap in the face to all women and a declaration that they are not "equal" to men. Read "The Case Against Alimony."

A call for women's equality!!

For those of you who think that this is just a men's issue, please be aware that the National Organization of Women Statement of Purpose endorsed the need for alimony reform as far back as 1966. In it, they stated:

"We, men and women who hereby constitute ourselves as the National Organization for Women, believe that the time has come for a new movement toward true equality for all women in America, and toward a fully equal partnership of the sexes, as part of the world-wide revolution of human rights now taking place within and beyond our national borders.....

.....WE REJECT the current assumptions that a man must carry the sole burden of supporting himself, his wife, and family, and that a woman is automatically entitled to lifelong support by a man upon her marriage, or that marriage, home and family are primarily woman's world and responsibility -- hers, to dominate -- his to support. We believe that a true partnership between the sexes demands a different concept of marriage, an equitable sharing of the responsibilities of home and children and of the economic burdens of their support. We believe that proper recognition should be given to the economic and social value of homemaking and child-care. To these ends, we will seek to open a reexamination of laws and mores governing marriage and divorce, for we believe that the current state of `half-equity" between the sexes discriminates against both men and women, and is the cause of much unnecessary hostility between the sexes."

Let it be stated at the outset that our goal is to abolish the present "lifetime" alimony (a/k/a spousal support) system with all its inequities and replace it with a system that represents the present day reality similar to those of Texas, Indiana and Alaska. [Read the proposed revisions to the Florida Statutes]

Alimony and child support are separate forms of support. This site is not concerned with child support as it is our contention that if you procreate a child, you are responsible for its support. This support requirement goes for both spouses as well. It is the responsibility for both of you to equally take care of and raise the child you brought into this world.

In many cases, some help is justified and necessary to provide rehabilitative support to deserving spouses. But not for a "lifetime." That is unreasonable in this day and age. The way things stand with today’s laws, there is abuse, invasion of your private right to determine your marital relations, the creation of a state of peonage and enslavement for the rest of your life. Read the "Right to Privacy" written by Brandeis and Warren in 1890

The goal of this site is to reveal the underlying inequities in family law. The family laws supposedly created to provide spouses with an equitable way to dissolve their marriage are, in reality, multi-billion dollar that benefits the family law lawyers that represent each side along with the whole legal industry that is associated with the family court system. Resulting from this is a trail of devastation and victims whose lives and those of others close to them are being destroyed. [Read about them here...]

It will also attempt to show you how the granting of alimony has been been subverted from its original intended purpose to that of penalizing one spouse and providing a free life-time meal-ticket to the other ex-spouse not to mention separating one spouse from their children. But this is a two-edged sword. With about one-third of the households now having the woman as the breadwinner, the pendulum is now swinging the other way to where women can just as likely end up paying "lifetime" alimony to the men. And those that are paying are more vociferous and outraged that they should be treated equally the same as the men.

A more insidious result of "lifetime alimony" is that of it being a leading cause of a Marriage Strike that will eventually result in the destruction of the institution of marriage in this country. For fear of eventual "financial suicide" that divorce brings combined with the recipients of lifetime alimony welfare fear of losing this entitlement if they remarry, more and more people are foregoing marriage for cohabitation arrangements and as a result, 40% of children being born today are to unwed mothers.

As a Mother in today's society, how would you feel if your son were to get married and then divorced only to face a lifetime of servitude in an ongoing "lifetime alimony marriage" where there would be no closure to his life and little likelihood of his ever being able to remarry again. Would you "really" want to see him suffer for the rest of his life in such a situation? It is happening everyday to thousands of men, yet no one tells you about this before marriage. You only find out how insidious it is after the divorce is underway. Then there is no escaping it. The family law courts will have their tentacles in him for the rest of his life. It is time to change the laws that permit this.

It is profoundly incomprehensible that our government would sacrifice thousands of American lives and spend over a trillion dollars on the freedom of Iraqis and yet remain paradoxically insensitive to the plight of millions of American spouses who are held in virtual slavery and peonage by archaic and oppressive state alimony statutes in violation of Federal law and the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution.

Until that happens, for people already caught up in the system, there are ways to fight back, to STOP contempt hearings and keep you out of jail. There are ways to challenge the courts with the goal of eliminating the alimony payments. The pages in this website show you what has been done. You can see the battles waged in family court. It is an excellent illustration of how a Pro Se (without attorney) can fare when they fight back. This even applies to taking the fight to the Courts of Appeal.

You will also find the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Florida alimony statutes, which has been filed by the author of this website, very educational and enlightening. From the outcome of this case, you can see how the courts are skirting around the constitutional law to preserve their profits and continue wreaking devastation of the family unit in order to transfer the wealth from the divorcing spouses and their families to the pockets of the legal profession and associated court "Remoras."

Read about how the author of this website fought back. See the ongoing battlefront here and here and most recently [July 2008] where the former wife has filed a Motion for Contempt of Court. You too can find out how to fight back by understanding how the court operates and how you can work within the system. Here are the books that are guiding the fight.

"Before the last 40 years, who ever heard of a lower level civil court judge having complete control over a person's life till they died - in America ?  What makes it all the more unbelievable, to the point of being silly, is that it's over a broken state marriage license."  --- James Darden

 

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