We've all seen it before: a television drama in which one spouse, hurt by the fact that they are going through a bitter divorce, takes revenge on their partner by destroying marital assets and frivolously spending money so that their partner gets less when property is divided. Despite the fact that the situation is made up, we often empathize with the characters because we know that divorce can turn ugly and emotional. That's why we don't question the fact that a scenario such as this could easily happen in real life.
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Many of our Maryland readers have probably heard a number of statistics reported about divorce in America. Probably the most common one is that approximately 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, although this statistic has been called into question in recent years. But, a recent article quoted another common divorce-related statistic: that January is the month with the most divorce filings.
Like many other terms in our politically correct society, the term "alimony" is heard less often nowadays. Most people involved in the divorce process now refer to alimony as "spousal support" or "spousal maintenance." This may be because alimony is associated with an older time when the man in a divorce almost universally was the one who was ordered to pay alimony to his ex-wife. That has definitely changed in the last several years, and a recent article noted that alimony, among other factors, needs to be reconsidered by any man going through a divorce.
Alimony is an evolving area of family law, for a variety of reasons. For starters, alimony - more commonly called "spousal support" or "spousal maintenance" these days - is usually highly unpopular with the party that ends up being required to pay it. This legal obligation can be quite a burden for someone to pay in addition to other divorce-related expenses, such as legal fees and child support. However, any of our Maryland readers who keep up with news from around the country are probably aware of the fact that many states are beginning to re-evaluate their current alimony laws to see if they need to be modernized.
Alimony can be a touchy subject during a divorce, for a wide variety of reasons. Some might consider this legal obligation, also known as spousal maintenance, out of date. But with the country's changing demographics and economic circumstances, spousal support may become more important than ever for some couples.