South Carolina ranks 14 amongst the least divorced states in America with 10.4% of divorced residents as compared with a population of around 4,679,602, as reported by Wgntv.com. However, Greer South Carolina divorce attorneys say that alimony is still a hot topic. The nonprofit organization, South Carolina Alimony Reform has managed to have bill H-3215 approved by the House and Senate in the state.
According to South Carolina divorce attorneys, the bill aims at the setting up of a task force of 3 members each from the House and Senate, to study the state’s archaic alimony laws and create a new bill with proposals for changes. The nonprofit also plans to introduce H-4029 that will have their proposals for changes to alimony laws included.
10 years or more
As reported by thetandd.com, South Carolina Alimony Reform’s Wyman Oxner and Rep. Jerry Govan, D-Orangeburg, introduced the bill to create a study committee from the House and Senate. A second bill has been introduced by Rep. Doug Brannon, R-Spartanburg, and Rep. Cezar McKnight, D-Williamsburg, will have the issues of alimony limited only to couples who have been married for 10 years or more.
For the most part, one of the first steps in the divorce process is to determine which one of the spouses will receive alimony. Judges can order a variety of payment options such as a lump-sum arrangement or a rehabilitative option where a spouse receives a specific amount for education and job training.
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According to Greer SC divorce attorneys, some judges choose the reimbursement option where the spouse that receives alimony will pay back to the other spouse a sum when they are able to procure a professional degree or their business picks up. However, permanent periodic alimony is one of the options that many judges tend to order where alimony only ends when either of the spouses remarries or dies. The sum is paid usually on a monthly basis.
Georgian parents stage protests demanding family courts in the state come under the scanner
Two non-government/non-profit organizations, namely, Stop Parental Bullying and Parental Alienation Dynamics have taken a stand against practices of family courts in the state of Georgia and are demanding that Judicial Council of Georgia investigate the workings and practices of the family courts, according to The Augusta Chronicle.
Despite record-high temperatures, members of both organizations were out in the sun holding placards and banners demanding that the Judicial Council take action right away.
Guardian Ad Litem System is abusing parents
According to members of the group, family court judges are assigning guardians to look over children of parents that are involved in divorces and that these guardians are financially abusing the parents and the judges are well-aware of this but still condone the practice.
Furthermore, there are also allegations against family court judges themselves. Apparently, many family court judges are involved in fixing court transcripts, meeting, and negotiating with attorney’s under the radar and even ignoring complaints from parents against assigned guardians alleging sexual harassment.