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. Read the rest »