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More women are paying child support and alimony

Texas residents who are considering divorce may be interested to learn that women are increasingly being held responsible for making alimony and child support payments. This may be in part due to the fact that the number of two-income households are increasing and some wives have a larger income than their husbands.

According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 45 percent of its attorneys have seen a rise in the number of women who are ordered to pay alimony in the last three years. Additionally, 54 percent of its attorneys have seen an increase in the number of women being held responsible for child support. Even so, some women may have a more difficult time accepting the fact that they may be held responsible for alimony or child support especially as husbands have traditionally been responsible for making these payments. Some attorneys even said that the majority of the ex-husbands involved were more than happy to accept the court-mandated payments.

When a divorce is imminent, the primary wage earner, regardless of whether it is a husband or wife, should gather all of his or her financial documents as soon as possible. This way, the primary earner is not surprised when he or she is found to be responsible for making these payments.

In many marriages, one spouse may take charge of the household chores and childcare while the other parent continues down his or her career path. While fathers were traditionally the breadwinners, this may not necessarily be the norm for other families. When the divorce process is started, the primary income earner may be required to pay alimony, also known as spousal support, especially if the other parent did not have income. A family law attorney may help the primary income earner gather all of the proper documents, including financial information, so that the court can determine what the parent may be responsible for.

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