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Women are Breadwinners and Paying Alimony

Traditionally, paying alimony was something done only by men. This was because women were once expected to stay at home to help out with family matters, to tend to motherly duties and to make sure the home was in top shape by the time their husbands came home from work. All of this meant that if a couple divorced, the husband was expected to pay spousal support to the wife.

Now, however, things are different. Many working women are finding themselves on the other side of the table. After going through a divorce, they are oftentimes the ones paying alimony. This is because they are becoming the breadwinners of their marriages. Among working wives, 40 percent earn more than their husbands.

The gender role of women in marriage and divorce is becoming one that both women and men are taking a second look at. Women who become the breadwinners are oftentimes angry because they are having to pay spousal support, while men are sometimes left feeling uneasy about the fact that they are no longer the main income earner of their families.

A divorce brings about many issues, both financial and emotional. When going through a divorce, it is pertinent to be up-to-date on divorce legal issues. In doing so, this will help in making divorce matters easier to handle, including child custody issues and property division problems. More so, it will help in making sure a correct alimony arrangement has been set into place, making sure that the person who should be paying alimony is doing so.

Source:, "The De-Gendering of Divorce: Wives Pay Ex-Husbands Alimony Too", Liza Mundy, May 16, 2013

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