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Texas divorce complicated for men seeking alimony

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Now more than ever, women are achieving parity in the workplace, most notably in terms of the long-suffering issue of salary. This is great news for equality, but some men facing a Texas divorce are seeing the potential drawback. For men seeking alimony from partners who earned more than they did over the course of a marriage, the road to that award may be challenging.

 

Alimony is historically awarded when one spouse makes considerably more money than the other, in the interest of allowing the spouse with a lower income to maintain a standard of living to which they've become accustomed. However, even today 97 percent of all alimony awards are granted to women in a divorce situation. Men have rarely sought alimony for a variety of reasons, but the times are changing.

More men are choosing to cut back on time spent on their careers or forego a full-time job altogether in the interest of staying home with children. Additionally, some women simply make more money than their male spouses. Men are often socially conditioned to feel shame at the prospect of seeking alimony from a spouse, and so do not even attempt the award.

 

Texas divorce can be a challenging road for both spouses involved. When the question of alimony is raised, the stakes are raised accordingly, because financial issues often form the backbone of bad blood between feuding couples. It may benefit both members of a union to seek support in arranging for alimony or any other financial consideration in advance of filing for divorce in order to make the process as easy as possible for all involved.

 

Source: theledger.com, "Man's Sacrifices Not Recognized During Divorce," Gary White, June 8, 2013

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