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More Washington women paying alimony after dissolutions

Washington state women's success in the professional realm is having some interesting effects on dissolution of marriages, according to a recent survey of among divorce lawyers.

Outpacing their husbands in salary, working women who seek divorces are reportedly paying alimony and child support to their spouses in record numbers throughout the country.

Family law attorneys who were surveyed across the United States reported an increase in both mothers paying child support and in women paying spousal support.

Women across the country are of course increasingly entering and succeeding in the work world, outside of the home. For example, the Digest of Education Statistics data show that as many women as men now obtain medical degrees in the United States. By contrast, in 1980, men earned two thirds of all medical degrees in the country. The number of women earning law degrees has also increased substantially in recent years.

Contrary to popular belief, the number of divorces has not actually changed very much at all in recent decades as historical gender roles have shifted. For decades, the divorce rate in the United States has ranged from 46 to 53 percent.

Women are reacting to paying spousal support to their husbands in much the same way that men have historically done so. Reportedly, some women are not too happy about having to financially support their ex-spouses.

Equitable distribution of assets is also more complex as women increasingly assume responsibility for their families' finances.

An experienced professional can assist Washington state couples in negotiating difficult questions during divorce dissolution proceedings.

Source: Reuters, "Divorce courts mirror society as more women pay alimony," Patricia Reaney, May 10, 2012


This isn't surprising news. If more women are earning more than their husbands (or ex-husbands) then they are going to be paying more alimony and child support. Once it was always the case that men earned more than women, but this is no longer true.

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