As reported in an article featured in Forbes, alimony is on the decline – for stay at home moms and other who are going through divorce. Alimony in Oklahoma and across the nation was something that was considered common in the past, but the Tulsa Divorce Lawyers of Fry & Elder believe that may no longer be the case.
Also known as spousal support, alimony was something that was frequently awarded in many different kinds of cases. Typically, one party would be awarded alimony permanently or for a number of years if he or she stayed at home to raise children or if he or she was at financial disadvantage. Alimony was considered something that could help one party get back on his or her feet.
Research and experts point to alimony being less and less of an occurrence in many divorce cases, even for those who might seem like slam dunks for spousal support. Judges are growing less and less sympathetic in these cases.
Why is change taking place?
For starters, more and more women are in the workforce. Forbes reported that 75 percent of women are working today. In fact, women serve as the financial breadwinner in approximately 40 percent of marriages and also make up the higher percentage of college graduates. By today’s standards, women are regarded as having the responsibility of providing for themselves even if they have been out of work for multiple years and have to take a cut in their standard of living.
While research suggests that long-term spousal support is on the decline, there definitely are still some exceptions. One such example would be if one parent was forced to quit their job to care for a disabled child. Another case would be if a marriage lasted a long time and one spouse was at a clear disadvantage financially upon the relationship ending.
Should you have any further questions or inquiries in regards to alimony in Oklahoma or family law in general, we urge you to contact the Tulsa Family Law Firm of Fry & Elder today to set up a personal consultation with an experienced Tulsa divorce attorney.
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