Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Should Alimony Die A Quick Death?

"Alimony - The act of giving comfort to the enemy."
--Abigail Van Buren


Below is an article of interest written by Dr. Helen Smith regarding her views on alimony. She says that "The time for alimony as we know it may have passed. No man or woman should be held to being a slave to an ex-spouse after a marriage ends."

Common sense indicates that it is an idea whose time has come. How can some women seek equality yet profess that they need a man to support them. Make up your mind, you can't have your cake and eat it too.

Ask Dr. Helen: Should Alimony Die a Quick Death?

Personally, I have a hard time justifying long term alimony payments to men or women in today’s society. Years ago, when one spouse (typically women) was expected to stay home with the kids, tend the house and generally had no training or as many opportunities to make a living as women do today, I would say that alimony might have been more fair. However, in today’s world, in which women have fought for the right to equality, alimony seems more like a kid getting an allowance from daddy and I believe it should be abolished altogether except for extremely dire circumstances where a spouse is older, cannot work at all, and for only a short term period. No man or woman should be held to being a slave to an ex-spouse after a marriage ends. That said, if we are going to have alimony laws, I believe that men and women should be held to an equal standard under the law. But apparently, many women do not feel that equality holds when they are the ones who have to take responsibility. [Read more....]

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