(Not my video original is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy4YkeBLnD0 )
I'm a MALE lifetime alimony payer. My ex-wife was 34 years old, and healthy. We were married for less than 10 years. I have disallowed comments because so many people have posted ignorant comments without READING my description.
Please read my ENTIRE description and watch the ENTIRE video! I'm a lifetime alimony payer to a woman who was 34 years old when we got divorced. She is NOT permanently disabled. We were married for less than 10 years. I'm an OPPONENT of permanent alimony. Here's the original description for this video:
This is a recording of Anderson Cooper's show, titled "Man-imony", which highlights the injustices created by alimony... both for men and women.
If you live in Florida, please support Florida Alimony Reform.
I am a victim of the Florida judicial system. I was married to my ex-wife for less than 10 years. In the course of our marriage, my ex-wife committed numerous crimes of theft and fraud. She was caught once, resulting in a Felony record for her.
I pay permanent alimony AND child support. I am happy to support my children, but I believe it is grossly unfair to require me to support a healthy young woman for the rest of my life... even after retirement or if I become disabled!
She was 34 and I was 35 when I filed for divorce and I was ordered to pay PERMANENT, LIFETIME ALIMONY to her. Florida is a "no-fault" divorce state, which means that you don't need to prove that the other spouse is at fault to get a divorce. However, judges often choose (erroneously) which spouse is the "bad" spouse, and they punish that one by making him/her pay for life! Even after becoming disable with Alzheimer's disease (see video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xupCEas8JEA) !
My ex-wife is an able-bodied woman who is capable of supporting herself. In our divorce order, the judge actually cited her Felony record as a reason why she deserved lifetime, permanent alimony. Who says crime doesn't pay???
We are both 42 now. I paid temporary alimony ("spousal support") for 2 years during the divorce, and have been paying permanent alimony since January 2007.
Alimony should be paid in certain circumstances to help the lower-earning spouse to get training or an education to become self-supporting. It should not be FOR LIFE!
There are currently Bills in the Florida Legislature to change this gross injustice. The law needs to be changed to establish TERM LIMITS on alimony... and it needs to be changed so that people who have been unfairly harmed by the current, un-just law, can go back to court and get the problem rectified. It would be a HUGE injustice if it does not allow me, a person who was ordered to pay permanent alimony in 2007, to make modifications based on the new version of the law.