Breadwinning women paying their husbands alimony is becoming increasingly common. As women who have made careers for themselves go through a divorce, family court judges are ordering the woman to pay what is known as manimony to the lower earning spouse, their husbands.
According to a statistic from the National Bureau of Labor and Statistics, over 37 percent of American women earn a higher salary than their husbands. Career focused women are also staying in the workplace after they have children and their lower-earning husbands are staying at home. In fact, the same statistical data also revealed an increase by about 2 percent of stay-at-home dads since 1970.
Since the Uniform Marriage Act of 1970, both men and women have had the right to ask for alimony if their marriage ends in divorce. Between then and 1980, only a handful of men had asked for alimony. In recent years, as society shifts toward a movement of gender equality, more men have started to ask for alimony.
This has sparked many women to question the alimony system. Today many women are pushing for the alimony reform. Successful women with six-figure salaries are concerned they will be locked into their career just to support their ex-husbands’ requesting lifetime alimony payments. In some divorce cases, working women are ordered to pay their ex-husbands’ 65 percent of their income.
In states like Florida, which recently vetoed a bill that would have proposed alimony reform, thousands of protesters swarmed the State Capitol and tens of thousands called the governor’s office. One Florida woman, a successful dentist, remarked, “Marriage is the only contract in which the liability continues after the contract has ended. It simply doesn’t make sense to support someone who is perfectly capable of supporting themselves.”
For help with your divorce or questions regarding alimony, contact our Suwanee family attorney.