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.
Resources & Tools
TYPES OF ALIMONY -- Alimony is mainly divided into four categories: temporary alimony, rehabilitative alimony, permanent alimony and reimbursement alimony. Temporary alimony (alimony pendente lite) is given to one spouse (usually the woman) pending a divorce. Rehabilitative alimony is given to a lesser earning spouse until she (or he) becomes self-sufficient. Permanent alimony is also given to the lesser earning spouse until the death of either one of them or until remarriage of the recipient. Reimbursement alimony is given as reimbursement for the expenses incurred by a spouse during the time of marriage.
Easily Connect With a Lawyer or Mediator
Have Divorce Professionals from Your Area Contact You!
The Spousal Support Handbook
The Effect of Artificially High and Low Marital Standards of Living on Spousal Support Awards
Established in 1996
© 1996 - 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Divorce Source. All Rights Reserved.