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New Jersey divorce: Alimony isn't just for women anymore

Decades ago it was a foregone conclusion that the wife would stay home with the children and take care of the house while the husband went to work to earn the money. If a couple got a divorce, it was the man who paid alimony to his wife since she stayed at home. New Jersey couples understand that nowadays, it's not so cut and dry.

The family dynamic in our society used to have clear separations of duty depending on gender, but now, those gender lines have become blurred. Now, it can vary from family to family how the husband and wife will function. Some families still have a stay-at-home mom, some are set up where both parties are earners and share the duties at home, and some have a stay-at-home dad.

The interesting part is when a couple that is not set up on the traditional model divorces. There are now many women who earn more than their husbands whether the family has two incomes or the husband stays home. With this change has come the fact that alimony isn't just for women anymore.

Around the country and in New Jersey, laws regarding alimony don't specify which gender is required to pay. What the laws do say is that the party making either all or more of the money for the household could end up paying spousal support. Depending on the family dynamic, more and more women are finding themselves being ordered to pay alimony to their husbands. One estimate is that somewhere around 40 percent of women who are getting a divorce are paying alimony.

Source:, "In De-Gendering of Divorce, Women Pay Ex-Husbands Alimony Too," Liza Mundy, May 16, 2013

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