Why Men Seek Alimony

Most men who seek alimony do so for the same reasons women have. For example, many men put their wife’s career needs above their own. If, after years of supporting her career efforts she decides to divorce, these same men feel entitled to the compensation of alimony. These men sacrificed their careers so their wives could build theirs.

Sometimes men seek alimony because they gave up their career pursuits to become a stay-at-home parent – a Mr. Mom. If there is a divorce, these men feel they deserve compensation for years of raising children, doing laundry and cooking dinner.

Men seek alimony as a way to negotiate a better divorce settlement agreement. Men know that it is a sharp knife to be used with a wife who does not like the idea of writing a monthly check. The wife, in search of a clean break, may give up the vacation home or a larger share of her retirement benefits when it means amputating all ties with her soon–to-be former husband.



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CALCULATION OF ALIMONY – In most jurisdictions, judges exercise broad discretion in awarding alimony, its amount and duration. The Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act, on which many states' spousal support statutes are based, recommends that courts consider the following factors in making decisions about alimony awards: the age, physical condition, emotional state, and financial condition of the former spouse; the length of time the recipient needs education or training to become self-sufficient; the couple's standard of living; the length of the marriage; and the ability of the payor spouse to support the recipient and support himself or herself.
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