Debate Over Ending Lifetime Alimony
Lifetime alimony payments may soon be a relic of the past. A growing number of states are considering laws that would generally end permanent spousal support. Instead, they would create formulas to determine the amount and duration of awards. Some proponents of alimony-law reform are seeking to make the elimination of permanent alimony retroactive. The proposals have triggered heated debate: payers who criticize what they call unjust and outdated awards are pitted against family law attorneys who say the measures are punitive to women. One twist: an increasing number of those seeking reform are women who out-earn their ex-husbands. Diane and her guests discuss the future of alimony.
past president, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
activist and author of several books, including, "Why Men Earn More and What Women Can Do About It."
retired circuit court judge. Headed Montgomery County, Md., family division court from 2002-2008.
certified divorce financial analyst and president, Florida Alimony Reform.
professor of law, Marquette University Law School.