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Alimony payments may affect wives as well as husbands

Texas couples who decide to divorce have many decisions to make. Among them are the questions of which spouse will have custody of any children from the marriage, as well as how the property will be divided. In some cases, one partner may make significantly more money than the other and alimony may be awarded as part of the divorce settlement.

None of this is new or different, but one thing has changed: wives are now being assessed alimony payments to their husbands at a far higher rate than in the past. As women move out into the workforce and begin earning larger salaries, some are finding that when it comes time to divorce their husbands are the ones receiving support payments. While some women find this offensive, others state that it is all part of the degenderization of society and divorce proceedings.

In the past, women were usually the recipients of alimony because they often made much less money than their husbands. Today, however, 40 percent of working wives make more money than their husbands, leading to a situation in which a husband receiving alimony is not uncommon. This is especially true if the partners decided at one time for the husband to stay at home with the children while the wife pursued her career.

A man or woman who is considering divorce must also consider the financial implications of such an action. In such cases, it is wise to have sound advice in order to make good decisions about a financial settlement that takes into account the future of both parties. A family law attorney may represent either the husband or wife in a divorce action and assist them in making these types of decisions.

Source: TIME.com, "The De-Gendering of Divorce: Wives Pay Ex-Husbands Alimony Too", Liza Mundy, May 16, 2013

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