NEWS! South Carolina Alimony Reform Holds Conference
South Carolina Alimony Reform members met in Columbia, SC on Saturday January 11th, 2014. The keynote speaker was Steve Hitner from Massachusetts Alimony Reform. Also speaking was SC House Representative Jerry Govan and SC Bar member Vance Strickland.
The crowd was enthusiastic and we learned much from Steve about how to proceed. Steve will be helping us to achieve our goals in South Carolina. Jerry Govan discussed how a bill becomes law and talked about how our organization was founded. Vance Strickland stated that the SC Bar had been discussing changes in the laws and is using the alimony law changes in Massachusetts as a model. He thanked Steve Hitner for providing SC with a working model of alimony changes and for how much work these guidelines have the SC Bar.
Primary Legislative Goals
Amend the South Carolina alimony laws so judges have clear guidelines that:
• Support self-sufficiency and independence for the lower-earning spouse through alimony payments that continue during a transition period, which lasts more than a decade in long-term marriages;
• Maintain appropriate judicial discretion to fairly judge unique circumstances where the lower-earning spouse is physically or mentally unable to work to gain self-sufficiency, continuing alimony payments in special cases, and only until no longer needed;
• End lifelong alimony dependency, allowing each party of the divorce to move-on with independent lives;
• Obtain retirement rights for alimony payers, the same rights enjoyed by all other citizens;
• Protect second wives from current case law, which requires judges to fully investigate second-wives' income and assets;
• End expensive legal battles over vague alimony laws and interpretations; and allow people to retire at a reasonable age with a safety valve for those that really need alimony.
• Provide equal and consistent treatment, where the outcome of a alimony case is not decided by the Russian Roulette selection of the family court judge.
We look forward to working with the SC Bar and the legislature to enact these changes.
Please contact us if you want to help change the laws in South Carolina. If you are paying permanent alimony you need to join our organization. When you help us you help yourself. You can contact us at www.scalimonyreform.com or e-mail us at
We are a state of South Carolina non-profit association dedicated to modernizing the outdated alimony laws of South Carolina. We are looking for people just like you that would like to join us in our effort. If you feel that the alimony laws in South Carolina are unfair and unjust in today's society, please join us and help us update these archaic laws. We are seeking to change permanent alimony to limited duration alimony with a safety valve for those that really need it due to physical or mental disabilities. You can e-mail us at . You may also call us at 803-531-3002.
Check out the links below for an eye-opening view of how permanent alimony ruins lives.
To see why our movement is so important - check out this new video from YouTube!
But change can happen! Through the efforts of an organization very much like ours
they reformed the alimony laws in Massachusetts in 2011.
Things are happening! Click to see our interview with Connections on ETV
New Updates!! 04/11/2013
June 12, 2013
Our core group met in Columbia today at a member's house. We plan to print some business cards that ask the public to join our cause. We will distribute them across the state and will include our contact information. We have also hired a web page builder from Boston to build a new web site for our organization. This web site will be more technologically savvy than our current web site and will use "buzz words" to make us easier to find. The site will also have a page to enter your contact information and join our organization as a member. There will also be a page where people can donate online and several other pages.
We have also hired a press release specialist to send out press releases across our region to various media outlets. This will enable us to publicize our organization on radio, television, and newspapers which will give us access to radio and television interviews.
The third leg of our meeting was planning a large public meeting sometime in October in Columbia, SC. We are planning to schedule it on a Saturday morning with possibly coffee starting at 10 a.m. and then possibly a small lunch around 11 a.m. to noon. These plans are in the early discussion stage and have not been finalized. Thanks to all of our members for their support.
April 11th, 2013
We had a really good meeting yesterday in Columbia and are starting to pick up steam in our movement. Our core group met with Jerry Govan, our lobbyist, and our attorney and they are helping us to move our ideas through the legislature. We made some changes to the bill that we are introducing to the legislature. We are dealing mostly with the cohabitation laws of alimony at this time. We will keep you informed of any progress that we make.
We also have committed to forming a state non-profit structure for our organization to give us more legitimacy to the public and to the legal community. We will be going public as soon as possible. There is much to be excited about as we look to the future. If you know anyone that is paying alimony please let them know about us and ask for their support. I want to thank you all for your help and support. We could not do this without you.
Thank you for your support!
We are asking everyone that is interested in assisting us to please make a contribution to help with the cost of our expenses. As you know it takes money to operate a web site, run ads, and travel to Columbia to meet with your representatives and with the media. We plan to run a billboard ad in the future. We would appreciate any donations to help in our operations. As little as $10.00 will help us represent you and help with our operating expenses. We appreciate any and all donations to the cause. Please make all contributions to the following address:
SC Alimony Reform
878 Heyward Dr
Orangeburg, SC 29118