As women’s career opportunities increase and their earnings become greater, they may be on the hook to pay alimony to their ex following a divorce. In a sign of the times, ‘manimony’ is on the rise, a nickname used to describe the rise of alimony payments made to men.
In 1979, the general notion that a man’s primary responsibility was to provide a home and all the essentials, whether he was still married or not, was replaced with a more gender neutral approach that was to be based on financial need.
This still meant that many women continued to receive some alimony due to limited career opportunities, but women of the day who divorced saw a 73 percent drop in their standard of living, while a man enjoyed a 42 percent increase.
Flash forward, and many women are now becoming the primary breadwinners in the family and the alimony tables are starting to turn. Now, many women who have taken off in their careers—often while charged with the lion’s share of emotional and domestic responsibilities — are shelling out large monthly payments to their exes.
Not surprisingly some women have voiced disgruntlement. The rub is not the money so much, but everything else. Some women have reported feeling resentment because even while they were attending to demanding careers, they were doing everything else when it came to kids, the household and even their ex-spouse. Where alimony felt like compensation for taking care of the home and all the kids needs in exchange for giving up a career, manimony feels like rewarding an ex for doing too little according to some.
Contact an Illinois Alimony for Men Attorney
A bitter pill to swallow for some, yes. But if it’s about financial need, regardless of whether it is an ex-wife or ex-husband, alimony has to be applied fair and square. If you have questions regarding Illinois divorce, spousal maintenance, Illinois child support, parenting responsibility or parenting time, contact the Family Law attorneys at Schlesinger & Strauss, LLC at 847-680-4970 for more information.