In Age of Dual Incomes, Alimony Payers Prod States to Update Laws

By LIZETTE ALVAREZ

MIAMI — In the waning days of this year’s legislative session, Florida lawmakers and advocacy groups are pushing to overhaul the state’s alimony law in a bid to better reflect today’s marriages and make the system less burdensome for the alimony payer.

Florida joins a grass-roots movement in a growing number of states that seeks to rewrite alimony laws by curbing lifelong alimony and alleviating the financial distress that some payers — still mostly men — say they face. The activists say the laws in several states, including Florida, unfairly favor women and do not take into account the fact that a majority of women work and nearly a third have college degrees.

Read the full article here http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/us/alimony-payers-prod-states-to-update-divorce-laws.html?_r=1&ref=alimony