Recently I have read in The State and heard ads on the radio about a need to reform the alimony guidelines in South Carolina. After reading more about the goals of the organization behind the push for change, SC Alimony Reform, I joined.
I am 61 years old, and I have been paying tax free to the recipient alimony for more than one third of my life, and will continue doing so until someone dies. Many men and women I talk to cannot believe that in this day and age I still have to pay. Alimony that temporarily provides support, counseling, job training or education for the recipient is appropriate in many cases.
I have seen permanent, life-long alimony act as a disincentive for the recipients to aggressively prepare themselves for their future. What is the incentive to work hard to improve your situation when you have a life-long annuity? Life-long alimony aggravates any ill will between the parties; that can and does have an impact on small children.
Marriages fail for many reasons. The end of a marriage should not be the beginning of a life sentence.
I would encourage our state leaders to work with our group to bring alimony guidelines into the 21st century.
Thomas B. Wilds