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Gender No Longer Plays a Role in Alimony and Child Support Decisions


Historically speaking, the courts typically favored women when it came to matters of child custody, child support, and alimony. Fifty years ago, many more women stayed home to take care of the children and so, if they got a divorce they were usually awarded custody of them. Along with that came child support payments and sometimes, even alimony.

Today though, that is all changing. Circumstances are different today, and the courts realize that no one case is the exact same as any other. Gender stopped playing a role in court several years ago, and a recent study now shows that the number of women responsible for paying alimony and child support after divorce is increasing.

The Study

The study was conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) in 2018 and it found that more women paid alimony and child support in recent years. The study involved a group of 1,650 respondents that were all family lawyers. Forty-five percent of attorneys stated more women paid alimony in the last three years. Fifty-four percent stated they had seen an increase in the number of women paying child support.

Reasons for the Increase

The increase in women paying child support and alimony is not surprising. It is true that courts have lost their gender bias, but there is a reason for that. More women are being listed as the heads of household, according to the Pew Research Center. In 2013, 40 percent of households had women listed as their head of household, compared to just 11 percent in 1960.

Experts have stated that one reason for the increase in women taking on the role of head of household is the wage gap, which is shrinking slowly. Men are also still more likely to leave high-earning careers to take a position in the military, while their wives earn a higher income. The trend lately has also seen more men becoming underemployed, while women continue to take on more executive roles.

It is important to note the shift, both in the workplace and in family courts, of the increase of women responsible for paying child support and alimony. Individuals that go through a divorce may not know they are entitled to alimony, while others may have to defend against unfair claims for it. The recent trends indicate there may soon be more disputes over these two issues in the future.

Our Florida Divorce Lawyers can Help with Your Alimony Case

If you are getting a divorce and are concerned about paying or receiving alimony, call our Port St. Lucie divorce lawyers today. At Eighmie Law Firm, P.A., we will fully review all aspects of your case and advise on what you are entitled to. We also have the necessary experience to negotiate with the other side and protect what is rightfully yours. Call us today at (772) 905-8692 or contact us online to schedule a consultation and to learn more about how we can help.



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