Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Compensation For Loss Of Spouses Services

“I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its Constitution.”
—Thomas Jefferson

With alimony, the courts attempt to make one spouse support the other to live in the style to which they were accustomed to during their marriage. To do this, the courts then grant them the alimony, child support, your retirement benefits, and apportion the joint assets among other things. They’ll even grant them an injunction to your spouse to keep you away from the family if they present their argument to the court correctly.

This allows them to live in relative peace and enjoying the same style of living that you were able to provide them before the divorce. In a marriage of modest assets and income with only one spouse having income, it would be absurd to think the paying spouse could maintain two households at the same standard of living after the dissolution. Dividing a standard of living on a $50,000 annual income into two new households does not result in the two halves each remaining at the $50,000 level.

Now that the other spouse has been set up and enjoying the same style of living that they had, what about you and your style of living that you had come to expect? Did the court take your style of living into consideration? You have been made to pay your spouse for the loss of support and services you use to provide. Why doesn’t the court provide a reciprocal compensation for the support and services your spouse use to provide?

Shouldn’t there be a reciprocal arrangement? The courts are supposed to operate in “chancery” (equity) so why aren’t you given an equal consideration for what you have lost? Think about this. You are entitled to it aren’t you?

Typically, the man provides the alimony. In a reciprocal arrangement, which is only equitable since the courts are just trying balance the divorce between the spouses, the wife would do something to compensate the man for the loss services his wife would normally provide.

Why shouldn’t she pay him for having to get his meals elsewhere?. How about housekeeping? How about the laundry? How about all the other services? And don’t forget about the ones provided in the bedroom. Professional services of this type are expensive depending upon the frequency provided during the marriage (and before the talk of divorce.)

This is something you might want to consider next time you are in negotiations during divorce proceedings.

MARRIAGE STRIKE: Evidence that alimony laws are destroying the very fabric and building blocks of our society and nation.
* Who killed off marriage in Britain? It’s happening in America as well. Melanie Phillips is a British journalist and author. She is best known for her controversial column about political and social issues which currently appears in the Daily Mail. Awarded the Orwell Prize for journalism in 1996, she is the author of All Must Have Prizes, an acclaimed study of Britain's educational and moral crisis, which provoked the fury of educationists and the delight and relief of parents. Her ideas have influenced politicians in both government and opposition, who follow her battles in the culture wars with fascination. Styled a conservative by her opponents, she prefers to think of herself as defending authentic liberal values against the attempt to destroy western culture from within.

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