After many years of discussion, Court decisions, theorizing, and uncertainty, Massachusetts has now adopted an alimony system that may work better, has more concrete rules. It may turn out to be fairer to both parties. Only time and experience will tell.
As with its leadership in free public education, abolition of slavery, enactment of same-sex marriage laws and health care reform, in its thoughtful alimony reform, Massachusetts has once again has served as a progressive beacon to the country in its enactment of “An Act to Reform and Improve Alimony”.
Opinion: The Limited Appeal Of Limited-Scope Representation
"I understand why the head honchoes in the Judicial Branch like limited appearances. Some 80 percent of family litigants end up representing themselves. A contested divorce is part suicide, part murder. It stirs the deepest of passions, passions that litigants will spend everything to address.
REP. ARTHUR J. O’NEILL, CHAIR
HON. JULIA L. AURIGEMMA
WILLIAM R. BREETZ
SEN. ERIC D. COLEMAN
PROFESSOR ANNE C. DAILEY
JON P. FITZGERALD
REP. DANIEL J. FOX
Connecticut General Assembly
CONNECTICUT LAW REVISION COMMISSION
c/o LEGISLATIVE COMMISSIONERS' OFFICE
LEGISLATIVE OFFICE BUILDING
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 06106-1591
SEN. JOHN A. KISSEL
REP. ROSA REBIMBAS
JOEL I. RUDIKOFF
In a presentation by Gaetano Ferro a family lawyer - "Still others, including this author, have suggested that determining a rationale for alimony is less important than is making it predictable and consistent. Alimony guidelines would assist in predictability and consistency."
A shocking exposé* of the inner workings of the $50 billion a year U.S. family law industry, Divorce Corp shines a bright light on the appalling waste, and shameless collusive practices seen daily in family courts. It is a stunning documentary film that anyone considering marriage or divorce must see.
They also have a youtube channel with many more previews to the movie as well as ways to order your own copy.
Four plaintiffs have filed a complaint challenging the constitutionality of Connecticut's alimony laws on the grounds that they affect a "fundamental liberty interest in ending a marriage and in remarrying."