As the economy has taken a turn for the worse, it has become more difficult for individuals to make permanent.
The main argument made by the alimony and divorce reform movement is that a divorce is supposed to eliminate the legal responsibility that husbands and wives have for each other.
If an individual is paying permanent alimony payments, they are never officially released from their responsibilities to their ex-spouse.
While child support payments end after a set number of years, permanent alimony payments are designed to grant financial support to one’s ex-spouse until the ex-spouse dies.
Even if the individual ordered to pay alimony payments dies, then their estate is usually legally bound to keep paying the alimony payments.
Most individuals fighting for alimony and divorce reform, support temporary or rehabilitative alimony payments. They consider permanent alimony payments to be an injustice to the one who has made payments. Other problems are beginning to arise as well.
With the financial problems that many individuals are facing right now, some ex-spouses are re-opening cases involving alimony payments that have been closed in court.
These ex-spouses are either requesting a restart of alimony payments or an increase in alimony payments. Individuals who may be suffering financially may now find themselves in the position of being forced to pay new or higher alimony payments.
The efforts by those involved with fighting for alimony and divorce reform have not gone unnoticed. Some states are making rules that limit the amount of time over which one is allowed to receive alimony payments.
As times change, more people are starting to think that alimony payments should not be permanent under most circumstances. Activists for alimony and divorce reform will argue that a spouse paying alimony payments indefinitely is unfair.