Thursday, June 22, 2006

Alimony: Peonage or Involuntary Servitude?

"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope." --Robert Francis Kennedy

Here is an excellent article that puts the matter of peonage and involuntary servitude into perspective and relates to New York and California laws. In addition there is some discussion regarding marriage as a “contract” as opposed to a “sacred obligation.” It concludes that it is a concept whose time has come to challenge the laws.

Here is the article:

“Unfortunately, divorce is now the tragic end result of over forty-percent of all marriages. Divorcing spouses have many things to consider. One major consideration is money. Most spouses contemplating divorce must be prepared for economic suicide. The income that marginally maintained one middle-class household will most surely not be able to maintain two. This is especially so where one spouse is not yet or never has been in the workforce. Nevertheless, though at least one judge has stated that he views divorce as a luxury, as applied to the division of spousal economic resources, it is often a necessity before one or the other spouse breaks down mentally, emotionally, or physically. In any event, this article does not deal with the most important issue facing divorcing spouses, that of child custody, support and visitation, but with an almost equally important issue, the determination of alimony or spousal support or maintenance.

For such a determination may result in one spouse actually supporting the other for a period of time, and even for a lifetime, and sometimes resulting in the supporting spouse’s inability to sustain such support and be held in contempt, or coupled with child support result in the inability to provide properly for the child or children when in his or her care. No wonder, for many, an award of maintenance, and especially of lifetime maintenance, may smack of peonage or involuntary servitude. Read more…..

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