Family Law Blog

Los Angeles Businessman Seeks Overhaul of California Alimony Laws

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Los Angeles man has launched a campaign to push for a complete overhaul of alimony laws in California.

According to Steve Clark, an independent software consultant in Los Angeles, the existing alimony laws in California are outdated, and no longer account for the fact that women now comprise a significant proportion of the workforce in the state. His initiative stems from his own experiences during his divorce which lasted for more than three years, and was a painful experience. He was married for more than 25 years, and according to him, the divorce, cost him more than $100,000 in legal costs alone.

The current laws require that when a marriage has lasted for more than 10 years, the spouse who is the lower earning partner in the marriage, be entitled to lifelong alimony. According to Clark, this is extremely unfair because women now account for approximately 45% of the workforce in the United States. In a situation like this, overhaul of alimony laws should not be considered a gender issue, because there are many women now who earn much more than their husbands. He also believes that the existing alimony laws, which call for lifelong alimony, are very unfair to children emotionally and financially because much of the money that would have been given for child support is spent on legal fees.

Clark has launched a website in which he is petitioning for signatures from registered voters across the state. He must receive more than 355,000 signatures before the deadline on November 2.

Negotiating with the help of a lawyer to make sure that your rights to alimony payments are protected can help reduce legal costs. In fact, attorneys often recommend that you work together with your spouse’s attorney to come to a settlement, that is mutually agreeable to the two of you.