NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN OF NEW JERSEY

PO Box 10299, Trenton, NJ 08650    ~    phone: 609-393-0156

Email: now-nj@nownj.org   ~   website: www. nownj.org

 

Jennifer J. Armiger, Ph.D.

President

                      

Jessica Van Liere

Administrative Vice President

 

Vicky Stapleton

Action Vice President

 

Rick Gray

Membership Vice President

 

Deb Huber

Legislative Vice President

 

Karen Lontka

Technology Vice President

 

Joy Booth

Treasurer

 

Joanie Parks

Secretary

 

Press Release                                                    Friday, March 29th, 2013

Contact: Jennifer Armiger, 609-251-7612

 Current Alimony Reform Efforts in New Jersey Are Unnecessary and Potentially Dangerous to Women     

        

            Under the misleading label of “alimony reform,” Assembly bill A3909, sponsored by Charles Mainor (District 31, Hudson), and other similar bills currently pending in the NJ legislature, advance the interests of alimony payors—a majority of men and a small handful of women—seeking to overturn their alimony payments.

          NOW-NJ opposes bills A3909, A685/S1388, and SJR36/SJR34 in their current forms. The thrust of these bills is a focus solely on the economic circumstances of the payor, while ignoring the economic circumstances of the recipients. Recipients, who are predominantly women, are often in much weaker financial positions. That is why they are recipients in the first place.     

          Representing the interests of those women who make up the vast majority of alimony recipients, NOW-NJ supports alimony laws already in place, which take into full consideration the economic circumstances of recipients. Women often invest years of unpaid homemaking and caregiving labor in marriages. This time out of the workforce has an impact on women’s ability to re-enter the labor market in well-paying jobs, and relegates many women to low-wage service sector jobs or underpaid “women’s work.” These factors have a collective impact on women’s lifetime earnings, robbing them of Social Security credits and limiting their access to company pension plans and security in retirement. The economic vulnerability of women who have invested years in the caring of households and the raising of children so that their spouses could work should not be ignored in the rush to overturn alimony payments for select groups. 

         NOW-NJ calls on Assemblyman Mainor and the NJ Legislature to uphold the purpose of alimony in the first place—to value women’s unpaid labor during marriage and to deter economic abandonment of women, children, and families—which the current “alimony reform” efforts threaten to do.                         

      Jennifer J. Armiger

      President, NOW-NJ