During a divorce or other family law disputes, there are many issues that need to be dealt with to come to a positive resolution. These issues often include deciding spousal support, also known as alimony, determining child support and settling custody disputes.
While there are an infinite numbers of ways to settle these issues, in the past many of the monetary obligations were given to men. However, according to a new study by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, women in Texas and around the nation are now becoming more and more responsible for making these payments.
In this recent study, 56 percent of divorce attorneys reported that there has been an increase in women paying child support payments over the last three years. Child support payments are payments made to support the everyday needs of a couple's child.
Additionally, 47 percent of the divorce attorneys surveyed reported seeing an increase in the number of women paying spousal support to their ex-husbands.
These numbers reflect woman's changing roles in society. Today, more and more women are becoming professionals. Additionally, women are now more likely to be the breadwinners for their families. Also, more men have taken on the role of caregiver in their families and are therefore more likely to need support after a divorce.
Those receiving child support or spousal support, whether male or female, have a right to these payments. Late or missing payments can seriously affect the lives of those receiving the payments. An experienced professional can help successfully collect late or missing child support or spousal support payments.
Source: Reuters, "Divorce courts mirror society as more women pay alimony," Patricia Reaney, May 10, 2012