We have written frequently on our St. Louis fathers' rights divorce blog about how dads often end up on the short end of the stick when it comes to fair treatment in a divorce. While not all divorce cases are created equal, there is some evidence that the tide may be turning when it comes to more equitable application of spousal support.
Spousal support, also known as alimony, is a point of contention in many St. Louis divorce cases. Spousal support matters can be particularly complicated because Missouri law does not provide specific guidelines for determining spousal support rights or obligations. This means that courts have broad discretion to either award or not award alimony.
In our last post we brought up some of the stereotypes men face when going through a divorce and the importance of being financially prepared to not only go through the divorce, but live life afterwards within a new budget. In this post we are going to look at alimony in terms of men paying to ex-wives and men receiving payments from ex-wives.
There are many stereotypes when it comes to men and divorce. Especially on TV shows, the woman is portrayed as the victim, while the husband silently worries over finances and keeps their true feelings to themselves. However, the truth is that divorce is hard on everyone and no one gender suffers more than the other.
When it comes to divorce, health care concerns are a top priority for some Missouri residents. Especially in cases where spouses were together for a long time and one relied on the other to be covered by their employer-sponsored health care coverage. In fact, it is not unheard of for one spouse to end up dropped from coverage after a divorce, but then unable to afford coverage on their own.
While most tend to think that it is only women who are awarded spousal support in a divorce, the truth is that many more men are also starting to be awarded support from their ex-wives. This is due to the fact that more women are becoming the family breadwinners. More men are also staying home to raise the kids.
It used to be that husbands always out-earned their wives. Many times, these husbands went to work while the wives stayed home, raised the children and ran the household. Due to this arrangement, when there was a divorce, it was the man who would be paying his ex-wife alimony. The idea was that this money was due to the fact that the woman had sacrificed her own earning potential to maximize that of her husband's.