Sunday, September 4, 2011

Alimony Club of America - Chicago, 1930

FULL TEXT: CHICAGO, Jul. 28. (AP) – Three Chicagoans who have either been cited for contempt or committed to jail for failure to pay alimony, today sought incorporation of the Alimony Club of America.

The articles of incorporation of the club, sent to Springfield for filing with the secretary of state, limit membership to men who are divorced, have been sued for divorce or are suing for divorce.

Among others, the articles set out the following purposes:

“To obtain more deliberate action in divorce cases and a more just and equitable adjustment.”

“To test the constitutionality in all state and federal courts of laws under which men are imprisoned for failure to pay alimony.”

“To advocate the enactment of laws requiring courts to examine the merits of a divorce case before allowing temporary alimony.

“To procure the establishment of a court of domestic arbitration in which ordinary domestic difficulty may be arbitrated by a judge in private.”

“To protect men and society generally against the so-called modern woman who considers marriage a mere step incident to a suit for divorce that she may engage in the business of collecting alimony.”

The incorporators are Oswald Mackie, John Murray and Philip Collins. Mackie has pending in the state and federal courts an alimony appeal charging that commitment to jail for failure to pay alimony is in violation of the federal constitution.

[“Alimony Club to Battle Divorces, - Chicago Men Forming Club in Effort to Get More Equitable Laws,” syndicated (AP), The Kingsport Times (Tn.), Jul. 28, 1930]


For more revelations of this suppressed history, see The Alimony Racket: Checklist of Posts


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