Massachusetts' 2nd Wives Club Lobbies to Change Rules on Alimony Payments
By ALICE GOMSTYN
ABC NEWS Business Unit
Nov. 6, 2009
Stress over alimony payments to her husband's ex-wife nearly drove Deborah Scanlan to divorce. Helping her husband make alimony payments to his ex forced Jeanie Hitner to take on a second job. Both Massachusetts women now say they wish they'd never gotten married.
Welcome to the 2nd Wives Club.
The club, which claims 70 members and counting, consists mostly of married women who say that Massachusetts judges' rulings forced them to contribute to alimony payments for their partners' ex-wives. Together with its parent group, Mass Alimony Reform, the club is lobbying the state legislature to stop that practice and institute several reforms to alimony law.
The MA chapter is a branch chapter of the Alliance for Freedom From Alimony, Inc. [www.alimonyreform.org] who got them started several years ago and provided the legal help and support they needed to get their fight started in the courts. After getting established, they pursued their fight with the legislature and have garnered increasing public awareness of the inequities of lifetime alimony in addition to how it affects successor families of the spouse paying alimony.
To find out if there is a branch chapter near you or to find out how to change the laws in your state, go to the website and check it out or send an email to Dick Lindsey, Chairman at: firstname.lastname@example.org