Alimony reform bills propose relief from lifelong payments

Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM.

People paying permanent alimony generally must carry alimony insurance to ensure payments continue if they die before their former spouse, Fromularo said.

Provide the right to retire at federal retirement age without continued alimony payments.

"This is a real hot point," Fromularo said. "Now you're 55. What are you going to do the next 10 or 15 years to continue paying alimony?

"Americans should have the right to retire. This is like indentured servants, except indentured servants had a period of time to be set free."

•Set alimony based on the average of both spouses' incomes.

"You can't take a married couple, break it in half and still maintain the same standard of living," Fromularo said. "(Currently), there is no formula .... We need to take away some of that discretion of the judges."

•Block "second" spouses' income as a factor for additional alimony.

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