Tallahassee. FL -- May 31, 2012 --
Maybe you've seen the billboard near the airport. Or the one on Tennessee street. They read "Do Not Get Divorced in Florida."
Donotgetdivorcedinflorida.com is the website being advertised. From there a person is directed to the non profit organization Florida Alimony Reform.
"What we're trying to do is educate the public about the atrocities surrounding permanent alimony in the state of Florida," said spokesperson Alan Frisher.
Alimony reform passed through the house last legislative session, but not through the senate. Frisher says these billboards encourage people about to go through a divorce to not do it in Florida.
"If you want to save money in your own divorce, don't go to litigating lawyers here in the state," he said.
Tallahassee divorce attorney Anthony Bajoczky says it's not that simple.
"First of all you can't just escape alimony by going to another state, or permanent alimony. Second, when you go to another state, they don't want you! Alabama doesn't want us to come across the state, clog their court system," explained Bajoczky.
Bajoczky went on to say that in order to get divorced in another state, a person would have to establish residency there for six-months.
So now Florida Alimony Reform says that their hopes lie with the billboard, and in the next legislative session.
Tallahassee, Florida - May 31, 2012 -
Don't get divorced in Florida: That's the message from one non profit organization, and they're putting up billboards in our area to help spread the word.
Current law in Florida doesn't have any cap on the amount of alimony a judge can award a person. While there are guidelines that a judge can follow, there are no steadfast rules regarding the amount or duration.
The group claims Florida is one of the few states in the nation that allows for permanent alimony. Florida Alimony Reform's website says permanent alimony encourages the recipient to never remarry, to not work at all, or to hide income. The group says this also forces divorced couples to return to court whenever circumstances change (oftentimes at a substantial cost), so neither party can ever move on with his/her life and must constantly live with the threat of litigation.
We'll have much more on the story this evening on Eyewitness News.