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Why don't men ask for alimony more often?

It's far more common for women to get alimony in a divorce than it is for men. In fact, one report claimed that there were 400,000 individuals in the country who got spousal support. A full 97 percent of them were women. A tiny 3 percent were men.

As you can see, it's not even close. It's almost unheard of for women to pay alimony to men.

Sixty years ago, you may have been right if you said that the reason was simply that men made more money and women stayed at home. Today, that traditional viewpoint is incredibly outdated. Women are involved in the workforce like never before. In fact, stats show that 40 percent of homes have women who are the primary breadwinners, not men.

This suggests that there are thousands and thousands of men who get divorced every single year who could ask for alimony, but they either do not ask for it or do not get it. Why?

Every case is different, but some experts have noted that a sexist judge may not grant alimony to a man even when it is warranted. They have also noted that gender roles take a long time to be undone, even if the workforce clearly shows that things have changed and equality is on the rise. Plus, they note, many men may have a sense of pride that keeps them from asking for alimony even when they deserve it.

Are you going through a divorce? If so, you absolutely need to know about all of your financial options and what steps to take to set up the best future for yourself.

Source: Forbes, "Why Do So Few Men Get Alimony?," Emma Johnson, accessed April 12, 2018

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