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Survey Shows More Women Paying Alimony and Child Support after Divorce

By Nottage and Ward on May 18, 2012

A recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) revealed some interesting changes in divorce dynamics. In the past, the husband was the higher-earning spouse and ended up being the one to pay child support and alimony, or maintenance, to their ex-wife. The role as the family’s financial support has since shifted, however. According to the AAML survey, an increasing number of women are paying child support and maintenance.

Results from the survey reveal that 56 percent of the country’s top divorce lawyers have seen an increase, in the past three years, in the number of mothers responsible for paying child support. Additionally, in the same three years, 47 percent of the country’s top divorce lawyers have seen an increase in the number of women responsible for paying maintenance to their spouse. According to the president of AAML, the court system ultimately reflects changes in society, as is demonstrated by these figures.

More and more women are achieving greater career success than their husbands. While earning a higher salary than your husband is not a problem during the marriage, should the marriage fail, as the higher-earning spouse, you would be bound to certain financial obligations, both during the divorce and after.

Child support and maintenance can be highly contentious issues during a divorce. If you are planning on getting a divorce in Illinois and are unsure of how your financial situation will impact your divorce agreement, contact the experienced Chicago family law attorneys at Nottage and Ward today for a consultation at (312) 332-2915.

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