FLORIDA FAMILY LAW REFORM PAC

We are committed to changing Florida's Family Court Laws under a new Governor in 2019!

Alimony - "The payment of support from an ex-spouse with the ability to pay  to an
ex-spouse in need, for a reasonable length of time." 
Chairman's Message
Michael McAuliffe, PAC  Chairman

FLORIDA ALIMONY REFORMERS WILL BE MEETING IN THE ORLANDO AREA ON FEBRUARY 2ND FOR A STATEWIDE PRE-LEGISLATIVE SESSION CONFERENCE!


Florida Family Law Reform PAC supporters from across the state will be gathering on Saturday, February 2nd in the Orlando area for an important meeting to discuss the upcoming legislative session! 

If you or someone you know are ensnared in the clutches of Florida's broken Family Court system and you want to help change things for the better for our families and our children you need to attend this important meeting!

Debbie Leff-Kelapire has more details below in this newsletter. Please attend if you can! This will be our only statewide meeting before the legislative session begins in March!



We expect to be making formal announcement later this week about our bill sponsors and more exciting details about the specifics of the proposed legislation. It will be a game changer for Florida Family Courts!

Our fundraising efforts have been outstanding, by the way! We've raised over 90% of the funds that we need to pay our lobbyists and public relations firms. 

Thank you to all of our supporters!!! 

We still need to raise another $8,000 or so.  Every bit will help us to reach our goal!  Please consider making a contribution to our cause. Every contribution helps!

We're on track for real change in 2019, but successful legislation costs money. 



 
We're all in the same boat here, folks.  Help us help you. We need your help right now.  Please Contribute!  Thank you!

Debbie Leff-Kelapire's Message
 
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR FAMILY LAW REFORM STATEWIDE CONFERENCE ON FEBRUARY 2nd IN ORLANDO AREA!
 
Florida Family Law Reform PAC will host a statewide conference in Kissimmee, Florida on Saturday, February 2nd from 1pm-5pm.  The conference will feature state legislators, pro-reform family law attorneys, and other reform advocates from all over the state.  The conference will cover a variety of family law reform / legislative / legal topics and is a must-attend event for all supporters of family law reform. 

We will be sending out a detailed conference agenda and the list of speakers. We can spill a few beans and tell you that pro-reform attorneys Alan Elkins and Mikaela Nix will be speaking at this event. We will be discussing what we are proposing in our bill as well. Don't miss this opportunity to meet and talk to the leaders who are lining up with us to help pass a bill that brings common sense reform to Florida family laws in 2019.  

Please  refer to the information below to reserve your seat at the February Florida Family Law reform Conference in the Orlando area!  The Executive Committee members of the Florida Family Law Reform PAC are looking forward to meeting and speaking with each of you as we work together to build the support we need to pass meaningful legislation in 2019.  

Florida Family Law Reform Statewide Conference Information
  What: Florida Family Law Reform Statewide Conference
   Why: To organize, network, and build support for Alimony Reform in 2019!
 When: Sat, Feb 2, 2019 1pm-5pm
Where: Holiday Inn Orlando SW Celebration
            5711 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
            Kissimmee, Florida 34746 
  Who:  Florida Legislators, Family Law Attorneys, Reform Advocates 
Costs:  Conference Cost :  $50/per person.  
  • Hotel:  For those planning to stay overnight Friday and / or Saturday, the Holiday Inn is offering a special discounted double occupancy room rate of $62 (plus tax & resort fee) for Family Law Reform attendees. ***The discounted room rate expires this Friday!!!!*** You can reserve your room using the Hotel booking link, call the hotel direct at 407-396-4222 (ask for reservations), or call 800-327-1128 and ask for the Florida Family Law group rate. The online confirmations will show the standard $15.00 resort fee, however when the booking comes through to the hotel, it will manually be adjusted it to the $5.00 discount rate.
Thank you all for your input, your financial support, and your encouragement! And don't forget to follow us on  Twitter and  Facebook!

Questions? Please email us at:  FloridaFamilyLawReformPAC@gmail.com
with your ideas, comments and / or  concerns.

Please visit our website at  for more information!


Michel B├╝hler's Message:  We Need Your Financial Support! 
 

The close of 2018 has filled us Florida Family Law Reformers with optimism regarding a substantive change in alimony laws next year.  The following events have lifted our spirits and provide more clarity about what we can achieve with your help and support:

  1. Congressman Ron DeSantis, the only candidate to have expressed a desire to sign an alimony reform bill,  was elected as Florida's next Governor.
     
  2. Florida voters have returned to the legislature the sponsors of two previous bills that were passed by Florida's Legislature but were vetoed by the prior Governor. Thanks in some measure to our support, these legislators now assume even more powerful leadership positions.
     
  3. The New Hampshire Alimony Reform Act of 2018 was enacted and provides for capping the duration of alimony to 50% of the marriage; The Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act of 2011 makes durational alimony the norm and even helps current alimony payers. HELPING CURRENT PAYERS IS NOT ONLY CONSTITUTIONAL, BUT IT IS OUR MORAL OBLIGATION TO DO SO.  This leaves Florida as one of the last outliers maintaining permanent alimony. 
     
  4. The same Florida Family Law Reform PAC team that got the two prior bills passed has drafted a bill to be presented to legislators that provide for a formula-driven determination of alimony and the ability for every existing and future payor to terminate alimony after having paid alimony for longer than 50% of the duration of the marriage; as well as upon retirement age.     
     
  5. Additional projects in the works are an already-funded PR campaign, the dissemination of a video highlighting the injustice of current alimony laws, and the hiring of a lobbyist.
     
Our aim continues to make alimony in Florida akin to "marriage unemployment insurance" - for a limited time and a limited amount necessary to provide a transition for the lesser-earning spouse.    

By joining us, via your monetary contributions and volunteering to share your stories with legislators and the press, we can achieve together what we couldn't achieve on our own. We ask that you consider a donation of one-month alimony, however we will take whatever you wish to give.  Our opposition includes those that profit from today's uncertain and unfair laws and 2019 brings us a much-hoped for opportunity to change our future. Thank you for all your past help and be part of the change!   If you have any questions, please email us at our PAC email or me at  michelbuhler@ymail.com

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No one in our organization is paid a salary. We are all volunteers, so we need your financial assistance. In order to have a meaningful presence in Tallahassee in the upcoming legislative session, we must raise a large amount of money. Contributions of all amounts are desperately needed to help us support elected officials who can finally fix Florida's outdated and antiquated laws.

Our contribution suggestion is ONE MONTH'S ALIMONY. We will be grateful for anything you can send towards our efforts.

Contributions to Florida Family Law Reform Political Action Committee, Inc. are not deductible for Federal income tax purposes.
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