A recent story on abcnews.com details the plight of women who are saddled down with hefty spousal support payments. For a long time, this was a complaint reserved exclusively for men, but with more and more women becoming the primary breadwinners in the household, there are more and more women who are paying spousal support to their ex-husbands.
The number of American men receiving alimony has climbed, from 7,000 in 1998 to 13,000 last year, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. This number will continue to increase as the stigma associated with alimony for husbands continues to decrease. The article explains:
“Early on, men were somewhat embarrassed to ask for alimony because it went across their defined roles in the culture. That has diminished,” said Marlene Moses, the president-elect of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an organization of family law attorneys. “There’s been a revolution of men and their rights and the vigor with which they pursue legl opportunities for themselves.”
The article also explains that the recent economic recession has many men seeking alimony, when in a normal financial climate, they may not have. Traditional male-dominated industries like finance and construction are struggling, and as a result more and more men are finding themselves in the unemployment lines, or working for much lower wages. These men are more dependent on their wives for financial support then ever before.
Spousal support is often a contentious and unpleasant part of dissolving a marriage. Wallin & Klarich has handled spousal support and other family law matters for many years. Regardless of whether you are a man seeking spousal support from your wife, or vice versa, consulting a qualified Southern California spousal support attorney can help insure that your interests are protected. To speak with an experienced spousal support attorney about your case, call us today at 1-888-749-7428.
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