Alimony Reform Hearing Happening on Tuesday

Montpelier, Vt. -

Vermont’s alimony system could be getting reformed. 

On Tuesday, the senate judiciary committee will hear input on how to make alimony payments fairer.

Currently, there isn’t a guideline system for judges to follow when deciding alimony payments in Vermont. 

Vermont State Senator Dick Sears says 95 percent of divorces in Vermont end amicably.  But for those that don’t, the state has received a lot of complaints about the inconsistency in alimony awards. 

“Some of them have been pretty large and have gone after people's inheritances, People's retirements, some people have been bankrupted or at least they claim they have by the alimony award," said Sears. 

Reform advocates say they want to level the field when it comes to gender equity and to create judicial guidelines. 

Folks that are interested in getting involved with the public hearing, it’s in room 10 at the Vermont Statehouse at 5:30 p.m. on February 21. 

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