Letters to the Editor

Reform alimony law

State Reps. Lori Berman and Cynthia Stafford’s May 6 opinion piece, Consider the toll before enacting alimony reform, calls for a study of impacts of such reform.

There are actually numerous studies — they deal with the ceasing of unemployment benefits. Alimony is nothing but marriage unemployment insurance.

The studies show that unemployment benefits are disincentives to work and raise the marginal cost of seeking employment. When these end, recipients have an incentive to work.

Most who pay alimony agree that some alimony is necessary for a reasonable amount of time to get non-working spouses back on their feet.

I pay six figures in permanent alimony to a previously working person that now does nothing but collect checks.

I don’t have the right to retire (which, obviously, my ex does) and when I want to modify, I have to incur hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorneys fees for myself (and her).

How is that fair?

People who wanted to end their lives together but for permanent alimony are bound in a cycle of resentment, entitlement and endless acrimony.

It’s time to end this boondoggle.

Michel Buhler,

Coral Gables