Please personalize one of the email templates and send it to your Massachusetts' senator and representative, with a copy to Steve Hitner. The legislators need to hear your voice!
Option (A) Write a personal letter similar to the following:
My name is (your name) and I am your constituent, I live at (your address very important). I am writing to you to ask for your support and co-sponsorship of Senate Docket #107, the Alimony Reform Bill of 2011.
(tell a brief overview of your story). A good example of one of our members story is:
I was married at 20 years old and divorced 16 years later at 36, my ex-wife was also 36 when we divorced. The judge ordered that I pay my ex wife $28,000 a year in alimony and even though my ex wife was only 36 years old and was a teacher, she was not required to work. I am now 63 years old and I continue to pay my ex-wife $28,000. a year. I have been paying alimony for 26 years for a marriage that only lasted 16, of the 26 years that I have been paying alimony, my ex-wife has lived with her boyfriend for the last 15. If we don't have alimony reform, I will have to continue to pay alimony until I die. Please co-sponsor Senate Docket #107, the Alimony Reform Bill of 2011.
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Option (B) A letter that mentions the news on Alimony reform:
Dear Representative (or Senator) ______________,
Please co-sponsor the new alimony reform bill "An Act To Reform and Improve Alimony", sponsored by Representative John Fernandes and Senator Gale Candaras, Senate Docket #107. A copy of the Bill is attached.
[Insert personal message]
Reforming Massachusetts' archaic alimony laws has become a top news story, as the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, The New York Times, Boston Magazine, the Boston Business Journal, The Lowell Sun, Fox news 25, NECN, WBZ TV4, and the Metrowest Daily have all published horror stories on the injustices from the current case law approach to alimony (see http://www.massalimonyreform.org/index.html to view the stories).
In response to the public outcry over antiquated Massachusetts alimony laws, Senator Cynthia Creem and Representative Eugene O' Flaherty convened a Joint Alimony Reform Task Force which included Steve Hitner, President of the Mass Alimony Reform organization; and representatives of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, the Women's Bar Association, the Probate Court, and Representative John Fernandes and Senator Gale Candaras. The task force worked throughout 2010 to craft a Bill that all members now unanimously support.
Please co-sponsor and support this important and necessary Bill, "An Act to Reform and Improve Alimony" (Senate Docket #107) by contacting Representative John Fernandes and Senator Gal Candaras. This law will end the abuses reported in the local, state, and national press, radio, and television news.
PS: To Learn more about the compelling news stories in support of Massachusetts Alimony Reform in the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, TV-5 Chronicle, TV-4 WBZ News, TV-2 Greater Boston, Lowell Sun, Fox 25, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Metrowest Newspapers, and more, please go to http://www.massalimonyreform.org/index.html