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Nearly half of lawyers see women pay alimony more often

The amount of women paying alimony after a divorce appears to be rising. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recently put out a survey and asked lawyers if they had noticed that women were paying more often than they had in the past -- alimony used to be almost exclusively paid by men -- and 45 percent of those lawyers said that they had indeed seen that change.

As you may expect, the same trend applies to child support payments. More than half of the lawyers (54 percent) claimed they had seen mothers sending out child support payments to their exes more often.

The reports came out in 2017, and they focused on the previous three years, so these statistics show a very recent trend. Lawyers are not looking at the big picture of the difference between 1955 and today. They saw this level of change between 2014 and 2016.

The reason, experts note, is that roles within the family are changing. More often than in the past, women are the main breadwinners. Their husbands may still work, but the women earn more, so they're the ones asked to pay during a divorce. In other cases, men are actually stepping out of the workforce to stay home and take care of the kids. This was traditionally the wife's role in the past, and the fact that men are taking it on more often means they may then be eligible to request support since their wives have been financially supporting them during the marriage.

It is very important to really understand your rights during a divorce. Do not make any assumptions based on outdated gender roles.

Source: Moneyish, "More women are now paying alimony and child support May 17, 2018," Meera Jagannathan, May 17, 2018

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