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Divorce issues: Women now paying more child support and alimony

Women in Texas, throughout the country and around the world have long fought for equality in many areas. What initially comes to mind is the desire to have equal pay for equal work in addition to comparable advancement opportunities on the job. However, a recent report by the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers shows that women are rapidly gaining ground on men in a different area. The report shows that there has been an increase in the number of women who pay alimony or child support following a divorce.

In the past, men were typically the ones who paid support to an ex-wife since they were the higher wage earner in the family. Women either stayed at home or worked in lower-paying jobs. However, times have certainly changed. Many women now have high-paying jobs and may be the main breadwinners, while more men have become the primary providers of child care. Should a couple in this scenario get a divorce, the ex-husband may likely be the recipient of spousal support.

Research shows roughly 40 percent of families in the country report that the mother is the primary wage earner. As earnings for women increase, the likelihood of more male alimony recipients is also apt to occur. Alimony was deemed gender-neutral in a 1979 Supreme Court decision, and women began paying it at that time. The new tax law will change the way alimony is taxed, regardless of which spouse pays or receives it.

Alimony and child support are simply two of the myriad of topics that must be dealt with when a Texas couple gets divorced. To ensure that every detail is appropriately addressed, it would be wise to contact an experienced divorce lawyer. A trusted attorney will work personally with clients to achieve the best possible outcome in the divorce proceedings.

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

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