CalAlimonyReform.org

2019 Strategic Objectives

Driving Alimony Reform in California

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.

 
Legislator Challenges

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.

 
Legislative Initiative

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.


Fundraising

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


  1. Increase our membership numbers by recruiting your coworkers, friends and family
  2. Bring attention to this issue by telling others how unfair the current alimony laws are
  3. Help our cause by referring any relevant contacts you may have (celebrities, legislators, politicians, donors) to us
  4. Donate (http://www.calalimonyreform.org/donate.html)


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.

Thanks,
Steve Clark
Executive Director
steve@calalimonyreform.org
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