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Alimony not just for women anymore

With the evolving roles of men and women in marriage, the terms of divorces in San Antonio are changing as well. In the not-so-distant past, gender roles were well defined. The man was typically the breadwinner of the family who worked outside of the home while the woman was in charge of rearing the children and looking after the home.

This is just not the case anymore. In fact, more and more woman are entering the workforce and almost 40 percent of women are making more money that their husbands. This tends to turn the tables a little when it comes to divorce. In the past, it was almost unheard of that a woman was ordered to pay her husband alimony. However, with the rising number of working women, it becoming more and more common.

Alimony was initially put into place in order to help support a wife who had sacrificed her earning potential in order to stay home and manage the household and children. Because she did this, the husband was free to maximize his earning power while enjoying the benefits of having a family.

Now days, gender roles in marriages are less defined. Partners are more likely to share the household duties and both may work. A rising number of couples are choosing to have the man stay at home because of the woman’s ability to make more money. In these cases when a divorce occurs, it is oftentimes the woman who is ordered to pay alimony to her ex-husband.

If you are involved in divorce proceedings where the issue of alimony is in question, you would be well advised to speak with a lawyer about your case.  

Source: Source: Time, “The De-Gendering of Divorce: Wives Pay Ex-Husbands Alimony Too,” Liza Mundy, May 16, 2013  

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