Alimony system tainted by too many conflicts–Published Letter to the Editor

by Bruce Eden

In the Daily Record article on “alimony reform” on March 31 there were four divergent viewpoints, one from a lawyer who wants reform, two from lawyers who don’t and say there’s nothing wrong with the system, and a former family court judge who says we need reform, but we also need more studies on alimony reform (which, unfortunately, sides with the two lawyers who don’t want the current system to change, because studies will drag out for years).

These four divergent viewpoints are exactly why we need alimony reform ­ because the lawyers who want no reform are obscenely profiting off of the backs of those being egregiously harmed by the current alimony laws ­families and children. We need to have guidelines to set limits on alimony in today’s society, because most women work, and about 40 percent of women in the workforce earn more than men. Women are going to be stuck paying alimony at this rate.

What is glaringly missing from the argument is that the state receives massive federal incentive funding for amounts of child support awarded, collected and enforced upon. These numbers are based on certain percentages that run from 66 cents to $1.50 for every $1 collected. Alimony has been recently included in the child support collections calculus, boosting the percentages by $3 to $57 for every $1 collected. In one county in Indiana, the feds reimburse that county $57 for every $1 collected. See Federal laws 42 U.S.C. Sections 652, 654, 655 & 658(a) for evidence of alimony being included in federal child support enforcement laws.

The state of New Jersey received more than $500 million last year in incentive from the feds, supposedly with no strings attached, to be put into the general treasury. The first people paid out of the treasury (pensions and salaries) are judges, child support caseworkers, law enforcement and politicians. Talk about “deadbeat government.”This has been declared an unconstitutional conflict-of-interest by the U.S. Supreme Court, which says no judge or other public official is allowed to sit on cases where he has a financial interest in the outcome of that case.

Contrary to the lawyers saying that taxpayers will have to pay for those not getting alimony, people will not be supported by taxpayers because they’re not getting their alimony. The real taxpayer fraud is that the state is already ripping off taxpayers to fund their underfunded pensions through the “private welfare” system known as alimony and child support enforcement, while destroying families and children and jailing their parents who can no longer pay in unconstitutional debtor’s prisons.

Bruce Eden
Civil Rights Director
Dads Against Discrimination
Alimony system tainted by too many conflicts

Apr. 3, 2013 3:14 PM |

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