Don't Get Divorced in Florida!

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

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." 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.

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  • by SWFL FAR Location: Naples on Jun 13, 2012 at 07:34 PM
    Permanent Alimony must end Join to support and fight for this cause FLORIDAALIMONYREFORM.COM Free The Alimony Slaves !!!!!!!!
  • by Harry Location: Steward on Jun 9, 2012 at 06:48 PM
    Divorce is a right of a people who does not getting well with their marriage, If one was abused by the partner and decided to legitimately split from one each other then that's the time they should get divorce. for example one is battered by the partner? then normally if she/he can't take that anymore then they should split. And to do it officially then they should undergo to a process arranged by the government . If divorce should not be done in Florida? what about the people of Florida? In what way they can be protected?
  • by Nannette Location: St Petersburg on Jun 6, 2012 at 06:52 AM
    Our case is simple a childless marriage, a college educated wife and a non college educated husband, married 19 years, the wife worked on and off when she wanted too she files for divorce at age 49 the husband 41 receives 100% assest and lifetime Alimony from a husband that works on commission in the car business the origanl order was $1850 since the car business is so slow he gets to $1350 a month to a ex wife that works fulltime and makes 30k. This makes complete sense doesn't it.......?
  • by Mark Location: Orlando on Jun 4, 2012 at 04:48 PM
    Thank you for covering this hits the nail on the head. I was in a horrible married for 15 years and divorce 7 years ago at the age of 43. I have Permanent Alimony of $2700/ month. This is money I could have used of my kids college or anything else my kids need, so the kids suffer. My x had a BS degree, and is able bodied, but never worked while we ere married. Bottom line...Permanent alimony ruins lives by preventing closure, and financially enslaving the payor....for ever. If I live to 90...I will pay alimony for 47 years !
  • by Brian Location: Florida on Jun 4, 2012 at 06:56 AM
    I was married for less than 10 years. My ex-wife is a strong, capable woman. We were in our mid-30's when we divorced. I was ordered to pay her for the rest of my life! I'm not a rich man, so don't think that only rich guys get stuck paying alimony. There is absolutely no reason why a healthy woman in her mid 30's could not have gotten training and a career to support herself. Permanent alimony is just plain wrong unless the recipient is permanently disabled or too old to work.
  • by John Location: Ocala on Jun 3, 2012 at 07:19 PM
    I have been paying permanent alimony for 16 years after a 19 year marriage. My ex wife was a secretary when I married here and a RN fully capable of supporting herself in an above average lifestyle when she divorced me. I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer three years ago. Needless to say my lifestyle has changed but she still continues to cash my monthly check with no change in her lifestyle.
  • by Stevie Location: Florida on Jun 3, 2012 at 05:01 AM
    My husband has been alimony (welfare check) for more years than he was married to her. The kids are grown, out of college and married. There will be no money to leave to them. And ex will never remarry, why should she?And she works and got all my husbands retirement, property and a huge cash settlement. My husband will work till the day he dies to pay his ex her welfare check. And she wanted the divorce. And why not? she's set for life!
  • by Juan Location: Ft lauderdale on Jun 3, 2012 at 04:12 AM
    Is so much more than , in my case my ex wife fully supports her live I boyfriend with my alimony. I work more than ever to survive since i was hoven all debt and 2 mortgages and they both enjoy the check I send every two weeks without doing a thing. They work out all day long and go to fancy dinner thing I cannot do since I don't have the time or money. She will never get married and this is a great example to my minor sons that live with her. Did I mention they lived together for 7 months before we got divorced and that he sold her a car saw her finances and a week later moved from his mothers house to mine and received as a gift a 45 k car?? All with the alimony stipend. She is 42 and has 2 careers but plays tennis and works out so there is no time to work and of course no incentive. Is immoral !!!
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      by Manuel on Jun 3, 2012 at 12:29 PM in reply to Juan
      I'm the live in boyfriend and have always meant to thank you for those chubby monthly checks you send along. I'd take you for a ride in my new bass boat, but I'd have to leave all my beer (um, thanks) on the dock. Anyhow, Juan, you are strictly da man, and I can only send along a big ole MUCHO GRACIAS!
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        by rebekah miller on Jun 6, 2012 at 03:52 PM in reply to Manuel
        To Manuel, as a man shame on you!!! I find your comments shameful and distasteful. I would be so hurt to think my children lived under the same roof as you.
  • by Anonymous Location: tax payer/ worker on Jun 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM
    I got married in another state ans divorced in Florida. Florida courts are very corrupt and common sense or logic is not used. Florida is the worse state to get divorced in. It only takes one spouse for no reason to divorce you and get life time alimony. Lawyers work together with Judges to take money from the savings.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 at 03:54 PM
    That alimony still exists means that the government believes that women are incapable of caring for themselves and must be provided for by a man.
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