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Will you end up sending monthly payments after a divorce?

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It seems like there were a great deal of celebrity family issues playing out in the news in 2012. From Tom Cruise to Kim Kardashian, it is clear that celebrities are not immune to the struggles the rest of us must endure. While bothersome at times, celebrity tabloid fodder often keeps family law issues top of mind for the rest of us. Celebrity divorce news can even provide us with examples of what to do and what not to do in every day legal situations.

A recent article dove into many of the myths surrounding one family law issue which is known all too well to millions of Americans, including many people in Maryland - divorce. One particular area was addressed in detail - alimony.

Alimony is awarded in certain situations to prevent any unfair economic effects on one party as a result of a divorce. Alimony has long been associated with payment from a divorcing husband to a divorcing wife. However, that appears to be changing.

The fact of the matter is that alimony, if it is awarded at all, is based on a variety of factors, which may not always weigh in favor of the ex-wife. In today's society, it is just as common to see women earning just as much as men. If a marriage was very brief, it may be that neither spouse is likely to receive alimony from the other.

Alimony is just one of many issues that need to be sorted through as a couple begins the divorce process. In order to finalize a divorce in a timely manner, it is often best to work with an experienced attorney.

Source: Yahoo!, "7 Divorce Myths - Debunked!," Dec. 26, 2012

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