Shifts seen in who pays alimony

If you are like most people in Missouri, you likely know at least one divorced man who has been required to make alimony payments to his former wife. For some time, this was a relatively normal component in the average divorce settlement. This was a reflection in part on the fact that women either stayed at home to raise their children and did not have their own incomes at all or that whatever jobs women did have earned them much smaller salaries or wages than those earned by their husbands.

MarketWatch reported that data from Pew Research shows that two out of every five American households today are led by primary breadwinners who are female, not male. This fact is having a direct impact on the outcome of many divorces. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers surveyed attorneys about spousal support and child support payments.

Between 2015 and 2018, a whopping 45% of the attorneys indicated that they saw more women ordered to make spousal support payments than ever before. At the same time as a greater number of wives were assigned responsibility for supporting their ex-husbands, 54% of attorneys reported that they have seen a jump in the number of mothers required to pay child support instead of dads.

If you would like to learn more about how you should approach the decision of whether or not to pursue alimony payments when getting divorced, please feel free to visit the spousal support and marital agreements page of our Missouri family law and divorce website.


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