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Should Women Have to Pay Alimony?
When couples get divorced, one of the most common concerns is money. Alimony, referred to as spousal maintenance in Arizona, was designed to help spouses who earned significantly less money maintain the current standard of living after divorce. Traditionally, men are the ones who have paid alimony. However, now that more women are holding higher-paying positions, the question of whether women should be expected to pay this financial support is being debated.
In the past, it was common for husbands to earn the the money while wives stepped out of the work world to raise the children. In this type of scenario, it made sense for men to pay alimony after a divorce.
These days, it is not uncommon for wives to be the breadwinners of the family. In some instances, women are making all the income while the men are staying home to raise the children. In a healthy relationship, this division works just fine. Complications arise when couples decide to end a marriage.
Divorce attorneys say they have seen bitter disputes about whether or not women should have to pay alimony to ex-husbands. Women who do not want to pay argue that while they are successful in the work arena, they are also shouldering the bulk of the childcare duties simply because they are moms. For example, the school calls them when their kids are sick. They take the children to the dentist or to soccer practice. They also tend to get up in the middle of the night with the kids more than dads. Therefore, because they are doing “double duty,” they should not have to pay the fathers, they say.
On the other side of the argument, men have been paying alimony for years to former wives who gave up their careers to stay home and raise kids. Since the goal of alimony is to financially support someone who cannot support himself or herself, it should not matter whether that person is a man or a woman.
As this heated debate illustrates, there are two valid sides to the argument. What do you think?
Source: The Huffington Post, “Manimony After Matrimony?,” Jonathan Fogel, 25 May 2011
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