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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DURATION -- Alimony is often considered "rehabilitative," that is, ordered as long as necessary for the recipient to receive training and become self-supporting. If the divorce decree does not specify a termination date, the payments continue until the court orders otherwise. Most awards end if the recipient remarries.
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