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A look at why men receive spousal support much less than women

Texas residents whose marriages are breaking down may be interested in why men seem to receive alimony less than women. Even though many women are the primary income-earners in a marriage, the number of men receiving spousal support after divorce is surprisingly low.

Recent census statistics reveal that just 3 percent of the divorced spouses around the country who are receiving spousal support are men. This may seem odd, given that 40 percent of households have a woman as the primary breadwinner. There are three main reasons for this disparity, according to family law attorneys. First is the influence of traditional gender roles. Many men find that asking for spousal support after a divorce can be emasculating, as success is often measured by their financial self-sufficiency.

A second reason for the lack of men receiving alimony is the tendency for a female with income to fight against that spousal support. While experts say that income-earning men expect to pay some alimony to their ex-wives, the wives have the opposite viewpoint. There is societal pressure for the man to go get a job, rather than be supported by their ex-spouse. Additionally, men themselves often want financial independence after the divorce. Lastly, many believe that the traditional gender roles are being enforced by judges in many jurisdictions. Some attorneys see this bias working against their male clients, who should be receiving alimony according to the income discrepancy that existed in the former marriage.

While it may be a difficult legal battle, if alimony is needed it may be worth fighting for. An attorney may be helpful in determining the potential for receiving spousal support, whether the client is a male or female.

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