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Mr. Tom Leustek

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Rutgers University
57 U.S. Highway 1
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
United States

Company Description: With major campuses in northern, central, and southern New Jersey and extension offices and activities in all twenty-one counties, Rutgers is the flagship...   more

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PMN Editorial Board, 16 Mar 2014 [cached]
Thomas Leustek - Rutgers University, USA
Leustek: Give judges alimony ..., 16 Mar 2012 [cached]
Leustek: Give judges alimony guidelines, not carte blanche
7:14 PM, Mar. 16, 2012 Written by Tom Leustek
Tom Leustek, head of New Jersey Alimony Reform, said it will be the first significant review of the laws in 35 years.
Lawmakers won't like what they see, said Leustek, a Rahway resident and Rutgers University professor of molecular biology.
The laws "are harsh enough to bankrupt alimony payers and send them to jail," he said.
The system has created extreme hardships, ... [cached]
The system has created extreme hardships, said Tom Leustek, president and co-founder of New Jersey Alimony Reform.
The loudest proponent of alimony reform ..., 25 July 2013 [cached]
The loudest proponent of alimony reform in New Jersey has been Tom Leustek, a professor at Rutgers and the co-founder of the grassroots organization, "New Jersey Alimony Reform."
On January 26, 2012, Mr. Leustek published an article in New Jersey.Com. The article suggests that alimony is routinely awarded on a permanent and unfair basis in the state. It is Mr. Leustek's opinion that the court isn't granting warranted modifications based on salary reductions or other significant changes in the parties' circumstances.
Tom Leustek
The system has created extreme hardships, ... [cached]
The system has created extreme hardships, said Tom Leustek, president and co-founder of New Jersey Alimony Reform.
Leustek said he's collecting "horror" stories to share with lawmakers here. For example: A computer analyst lost his job at 65 and spent down retirement assets on legal bills trying to eliminate, to no avail, a permanent $3,000-a-month alimony.
Alimony laws in many states were passed to aid lower-earning spouses, a tradeoff when careers were sacrificed for families. But some of the ground rules were established decades ago.
Leustek said his group incorporated as a not-for-profit in August and membership is expected to reach 1,000 by year's end.
"Now there's some hope for people being treated unfairly. Massachusetts is the game-changer," said Leustek, a Rutgers University professor of molecular biology. "It is becoming a growing movement to make alimony fairer and more equitable in the states where changes are needed."
The new Massachusetts law allows for many of those paying alimony to stop upon retirement and otherwise sets term limits, with alimony payments required for at least half of the length of a marriage.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 97 percent of those receiving alimony payments are women, but Leustek said the changes are "gender-neutral."
"We're interested in what's fair," he said. "We have women who are members."
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Leustek said New Jersey statutes "are extremely vague on alimony, so it's left up to judges to decide just about every aspect."
Leustek's group isn't advocating changes in child support.
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