An evolving dynamic in society may be affecting divorces of Texas couples. Lawyers practicing family law have noticed a recent increase in the number of men asking for alimony in divorce hearings. Women earning more than their male spouses is becoming a more prominent trend throughout the entire country. he most recent data from the Census Bureau indicates that of those people receiving alimony payments in 2010, men only accounted for three percent of this total. This could be changing. According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2012, 47 percent of the respondents indicated that they had noticed among their own clients an increase in how many women now pay spousal support. This trend is likely to continue as women earn more in the workplace. The CEO of a financial planning firm for divorcees recalls waiting three years in at the start of his career to see a woman making alimony payments. His financial planning firm has now had seven cases with women paying spousal support in 2013. Many people are still resistant to accept this new dynamic because it clashes with conventional attitudes developed throughout society. Some judges remain skeptical of men asking for alimony, and men are generally less committed to these claims than women are. Some lawyers have been successful helping men without children receive alimony payments as well. Spousal support is often a key issue during a divorce proceeding, and it can sometimes be a contentious one as well. While the Supreme Court has ruled that the determination of an alimony award has to be made on a gender-neutral basis, it may take some time before men are comfortable in requesting it.
Source: Financial Advisor, “More Men Get Alimony From Their Ex-Wives“, December 24, 2013