Dear Alimony Reform Members,
This year we have defined the following strategic objectives to help us reach our goal:
Supporter Base Growth
We need to increase our current base of supporters within California. Currently we have approximately 200 members. Given the population size of California, we should have far greater numbers as compared to other States.
Given the political sensitivity of “entitlements” in the State of California many legislators have politely declined our requests for legislative changes to alimony. As many politicians know tampering with any entitlement is political suicide – especially in an ultra-liberal State like California. As a result the only viable option for alimony reform at his point is the legislative initiative approach.
This year we have submitted another legislative Initiative titled “Elimination of Open Ended Alimony” to the State Attorney General’s office. This will effectively tackle the most egregious aspect of family law which currently creates a potential lifelong obligation for the payor. This reform would establish a maximum limit of 5 years when alimony is awarded.
The cost to submit an initiative draft to the Attorney General’s office has recently increased from $200 to $2000.
To put some perspective on the costs to successfully get an initiative on the ballot, the costs for signature collection was anywhere from $1,252,534 to $6,622,935 for 2016 (ref: https://ballotpedia.org/California_ballot_initiative_petition_signature_costs). The takeaway – changing laws requires significant funds.
We will continue our fundraising efforts in hopes that our mission will attract some mega donors.
It should be noted that all committee and administrative members are passionate about this cause and work on a voluntary basis. We are a registered 501(c)(4) organization.
Call to Action
With your help and commitment we can make it happen. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any suggestions, questions and/or concerns.
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