Men Seeking and Earning Alimony

The tides of equality are turning. More and more men want alimony and believe there is no shame in accepting a monthly check from their ex-wives. The percentage of alimony recipients who are male rose to 3.6% during the five years ending in 2006, up from 2.4% in the previous five-year period, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. A recent poll by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that 47 percent of the 1000 divorce lawyers reported an increase in the number of women paying alimony in the past three years.

The percentage of men seeking alimony will rise as the earning potential of women increases. In 2005, wives out-earned their husbands in 33% of families where both husband and wife were employed, up from 28.2% a decade earlier.



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